News and Research: Migration in Italy

Asylum in Europe Country Report: Italy

This report draws on practice by ASGI legal representatives across the different regions of Italy, as well as available statistical information and reports, case law and other publicly available sources.

aida-Asylum Information Database


The twist and turns of asylum laws in Italy

In this blog post, Cecilia Corsi discusses the legitimacy and the effectiveness of the changes to the right of asylum introduced by the Italian Decree on Security and Immigration, otherwise known as the decreto Salvini.

Migration Policy Centre

Italy's new security decree clamps down on immigration

Information on the new immigration-security decree: 1)Cancellation of asylum protection on 'humanitarian' grounds, 2)Extension of duration of foreigners in detention centres, 3)Easier withdrawal of protection, 4)Weakening of local integration programmes for asylum seekers

EuroNews November 30, 2018

Italy's New Sanctuary Movement Will Challenge An Anti-Immigrant Law In Constitutional Court 

The law strips legal immigration status from tens of thousands of people already in the country.

Buzzed News, J. Lester Feder & Giulia Alagna January 10, 2019

Case Study Report on Dublin Returnees to Italy

This report, published by the Swedish Refugee Council and Danish Refugee Council, examines the inadequate reception facilities and how States transferring vulnerable asylum seekers to Italy infringe on their obligations under European and international law – and risk exposing asylum seekers to indignity.

Danish Refugee Council, December 18, 2018

Salvini's anti-migrant pledge 'practically impossible' to fulfil

Expulsion vow was an election hit in Italy but critics point to financial and legal hurdles.

The Gaurdian, July 5, 2018. Written by Angela Giuffrida


What is behind the Aquarius refugee ship crisis?

Salvini's decision does indeed constitute a drastic change of course, which set off days of diplomatic confrontation and provoked a wave of public indignation in some sectors of Italian society. However, it is also true that condemning Italy without placing this story in a broader context would serve no purpose in addressing growing populism in the European Union (EU).

Al Jazeera, June 17, 2018. Written by Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo


UN accuses Libyan linked to EU-funded coastguard of people trafficking

Libyans associated with Italy’s deal to reduce migration also among six placed under sanctions

The Guardian, June 8, 2018. 


The populism and dystopia of Italy's new government

A background on the Five Star - League and how the alliance has won the 'cultural war' in Italy. 

Al Jazeera, May 22, 2018. Written by: Vito Laterza


ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) fact checking on migration in Italy 

The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) has published a ten-point document taking stock of migration to Italy based as far as possible on objective data

Part 1 & Part 2

Info Migrants, May 10, 2018. 


Italy's deal with Libya to 'pull back' migrants faces legal challenge

Italy’s collaboration with Libya to stop migrants reaching Europe is facing a legal challenge over allegations that it has led to grave human rights violations against those crossing the Mediterranean, including torture and slavery.

The Guardian, May 8, 2018. Written by: Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Lorenzo Tondo


Lawyers pin blame for deaths of 20 migrants at sea on Italy

Lawyers allege Italy is responsible for the deaths of 20 asylum seekers off the coast of Libya last November. While policymakers consider Italy's deal with Libya a success for stemming arrivals to the country - which decreased from 181,436 in 2016 to 119,130 in 2017 - data shows the mortality rate has simultaneously increased. An estimated 20,000 people have been "pulled back" to Libya in 2017, where they face human rights abuses including detention, extortion and forced labor, and an estimated one in 14 people attempting the crossing from Libya to  has died this year. 

Al Jazeera, May 8, 2018. Written by Ylenia Gostoli


We Must Answer 3 Key Questions on Refugee Responsibility-Sharing

The Global Compact on Refugees is an opportunity to build a fairer global refugee system through more effective and equitable sharing of responsibility for refugees. The Kaldor Center’s Tristan Harley examines various unresolved issues.

News Deeply, Refugees Deeply, April 25, 2018. Written by: Tristan Harley 


Proactiva Release Does Not Spell End of Italy’s War on Rescue Groups

Italian judge’s releases rescue ship but upholds legal fiction of Libyan search and rescue zone. Judith Sunderland from Human Rights Watch explains why the contradiction matters.

Human Rights Watch, April 23, 2018. Written by: Judith Sunderland


Human Rights Abuses of Eritreans, At Home and Abroad

Testimony of Maria Burnett, East and Horn of Africa Director, at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Watch, April 18, 2018


Eu Qualifications Passport for Refugees: integration through education and employment

Joint press release from UNHCR and the Council of Europe, March 27, 2018


Gambia’s Migration Paradox: The Horror and Promise of the Back Way

Since democracy returned to The Gambia last year, many Gambians are coming home, including from Libya with E.U.aid. Some returnees are warning others against the journey, but many are frustrated that returns and deterrence took precedence over reintegration and jobs.

News Deeply, Refugees Deeply, March 26, 2018. Writen by: Sanna Camara, Louise Hunt


In a Man’s Death, a Glimpse of Libya’s Horrors

Europe Should Help End Cycle of Detention, Violence in Libya

Human Rights Watch, March 16, 2018. Written by Judith Sunderland


Italy to temporarily close Lampedusa 'hotspot' refugee centre

Lampedusa refugee centre to be closed for 'renovation work' following protests over dire conditions and rights abuses.

Al Jazeera, March 15, 2018. Written by Ylenia Gostoli


How Italy Can Combine Migration Control With Human Rights

Speeding up asylum decisions and stepping up returns offer Italy’s politicians an effective and decent answer to public anger over migration. John Dalhuisen and Gerald Knaus say that the human rights lobby must recognize the alternative is far worse.

News Deeply, Refugees Deeply, March 13, 2018. Written by: John Dalhuisen, Gerald Knaus


Italy's election should be a wake up call for the EU

The EU can turn the victory of the populist Five Star Movement into an opportunity for dialogue and transformation.

Al Jazeera, March 8, 2018. Written by: Silvia Mazzini


Europe’s Climate of Intolerance

Political Leaders Across the Region Engage in Hateful and Divisive Rhetoric

Human Rights Watch, March 6, 2018. Written by: Benjamin Ward


Xenophobia in Italy’s Election Campaign

Human Rights Watch, February 27, 2018. Written by: Judith Sunderland


Living on Mafia Leftovers: Life in Italy’s Biggest Refugee Camp

Neglect breeds crime and violence at Cara di Mineo in Sicily, where residents trade cigarettes in order to get by as they wait for asylum decisions. A new trial is expected to reveal the profiteers of Italy’s failing reception system.

News Deeply, Refugees Deeply, February 19, 2018. Written by: Leanne Tory-Murphy


Dodging Death Along the Alpine Migrant Passage

Along the dangerous Alpine route from Italy to France, Annalisa Camilli of Internazionale meets young migrants desperate to reach northern Europe, and the local volunteers trying to make sure their villages are not another deadly stop on the migration trail.

News Deeply, Refugees Deeply, January 25, 2018. Written by: Annalisa Camilli


(Dead) end of the journey: When migrants reach border towns

Stuck with no shelter, no washing facilities, only a few possessions: the scene repeats itself in border towns across the EU. Reporting from Ventimiglia, on the French-Italian border.

New Internationalist, December 28, 2017. Written by: Alex Fusco