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Lombardy penalises migrant-hosting hotels

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Lombardy penalises migrant-hosting hotels
The Lombardy move was backed by regional governor Roberto Maroni's anti-immigrant Northern League. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

The Italian region of Lombardy on Wednesday approved new rules designed to penalise hotel owners who take part in a government scheme to accommodate some recently-arrived migrants, media reports said.

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Under an amendment to a new law on tourism adopted by the regional parliament, the hotel-owners concerned would no longer be eligible to take part in tenders for business from the local authority.

The measure is the latest sign of tension between several Italian regions where the far-right wields considerable political influence and the centre-left government over the distribution of migrants to reception centres and temporary facilities across the country.

The Lombardy move was backed by regional governor Roberto Maroni's anti-immigrant Northern League and the centre-right.

Other parties opposed the move and have vowed to have it declared unconstitutional as soon as it is formally enacted.

The proposal stopped short of a demand by Northern League leader Matteo Salvini for hotel owners housing migrants to be stripped of their licences on the grounds that they are aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

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