Calabria's aging villages could use migrant families. But the Italian government is threatening to end the integration project. A mayor has even been placed under house arrest for helping refugees more than allowed.
The interior minister has ordered migrants in Riace be redistributed across Italy after its mayor was arrested. The mayor's vision was hailed across the globe as a model for reviving towns and integrating refugees.
Italy's Domenico Lucano has received international awards and has been depicted in films for his efforts to integrate refugees. Now he stands accused of facilitating sham marriages and mismanaging public funds.
In September 1944, Nazi soldiers murdered more than 770 people in the Italian village of Marzabotto. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attended a commemoration to mourn the victims and express shame.
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