Italy fingerprint plan criticised
Profiling of a community in Italy has triggered off big controversy. Italian government plans to fingerprint immigrants living in Camps.
Italy's interior minister has sparked criticism with a proposal that would see police fingerprinting all members of the Roma community living in camps.
Roberto Maroni, of the anti-immigrant Northern League, said the move would guarantee that those with the right to stay could live in decent conditions.
Those without that right, including children, would be sent home, he said.
The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) has criticised the proposal, as have opposition MPs.
Mr Maroni said the fingerprinting of Roma - or Gypsy - people would include "children too, to avoid phenomena like begging".
Since Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was returned to power in elections two months ago, his government has focused on law and order, says the BBC's Christian Fraser in Rome.
The blame for the rising crime has fallen on the Roma gypsy community and, in recent weeks, camps have been raided by police while others have been attacked and burnt by vigilante mobs, our correspondent adds.