This article aims to investigate the institutional response to the arrival of the first economic migrants to the Peninsula, between the late sixties and early seventies. The investigation was conducted on the ministerial correspondence (of the Ministry of the Interior) on the case of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, one of the first Italian regions where the phenomenon manifested itself more intensely. In fact, given that there wasn’t any law, the management of economic migrants was totally under Public administration jurisdiction. The reading of the documents showed that the institutions failed immediately to implement an adequate response to the problem, mainly due to the inability of the competent ministries to agree on the measures to be taken to hinder the growth of the phenomenon.
Keywords: Immigration; Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Migration policy.