Court rules migrants can be granted COVID-risk protection

After assessment on individual basis

28 December, 13:05

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, DECEMBER 28 - The civil court of Milan has ruled that the risk of catching COVID-19 in their country of origin can be considered a reason to grant humanitarian protection in Italy to migrants that do not meet the requirements for international or subsidiary protection. The Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported the news on Sunday, citing ordinances from the previous week. It reported that humanitarian protection will not be granted automatically but assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis. The assessment will focus on whether COVID-19 as a risk factor that further aggravates a situation of vulnerability in terms of a lack of healthcare and food resources in the subject's country of origin, looking at the social and economic consequences caused by the pandemic. The Italian daily said that the rulings were in relation to appeals filed prior to the 2018 Salvini decree - which has since been modified - for cases of migrants from several Asian and African countries for whom the court had not granted asylum. However, in taking into consideration the pandemic as a risk factor, the judges ruled that the experiences of those migrants would justify granting humanitarian protection if combined with the risk that they will face due to difficulties caused by the emergence of COVID-19 in their countries of origin, such as the lack of beds in intensive care units and mechanic ventilators, as well as the lack of healthcare personnel. (ANSA).

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