Luciana Lamorgese in her new role is expected to lead efforts aimed at softening a series of hardline anti-immigration policies [Andreas Solaro/ AFP]

Luciana Lamorgese was barely known outside of Italy‘s bureaucratic circles until last week – but this is about to change.

The 65-year-old technocrat has been thrust in to the centre of the country’s political drama, having been chosen to replace Matteo Salvini – the leader of the far-right and anti-migrant League party – as interior minister in Italy’s newly formed coalition government.

A migration specialist who worked for the interior ministry for decades, Lamorgese stands out as the only non-political figure in the cabinet assembled last week by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

In her new role, she is expected to

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