Fear over migrants, not euro-scepticism, is fuelling populism in Italy ahead of next year's general election, according to a survey by La Stampa and the Financial Times.

The two centrist newspapers last month asked their readers to share their concerns ahead of the spring vote, and those who did put multiculturalism high on the list.

Of the more than 1,100 people who responded, fewer than half said that they believed in a multiethnic Italy. Most rejected the idea or said they had grave doubts about it.

The findings are not necessarily representative, given that the sample was self-selecting.

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