News and Research: Migration in 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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
Libyans associated with Italy’s deal to reduce migration also among six placed under sanctions
The Guardian, June 8, 2018.
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
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
Info Migrants, May 10, 2018.
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 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
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
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
Testimony of Maria Burnett, East and Horn of Africa Director, at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Human Rights Watch, April 18, 2018
Joint press release from UNHCR and the Council of Europe, March 27, 2018
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
Europe Should Help End Cycle of Detention, Violence in Libya
Human Rights Watch, March 16, 2018. Written by Judith Sunderland
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
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
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
Political Leaders Across the Region Engage in Hateful and Divisive Rhetoric
Human Rights Watch, March 6, 2018. Written by: Benjamin Ward
Human Rights Watch, February 27, 2018. Written by: Judith Sunderland
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
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
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