Italy rejected 76% of asylum requests in 2020, -39% filed

Only 11.8% granted refugee status

16 April, 09:00

    (ANSAmed) - ROMA, 16 APR - An annual report by the Italian Refugee Council (CIR) shows that 26,963 asylum requests were filed in Italy in 2020, a 39% drop on the previous year.

    In 2020, some 26,963 asylum requests were filed in Italy in 2020, a 39% drop on the previous year's total of 43,783.

    Some 41,753 requests were examined and 76% of them were rejected.

    Only 11.8% received refugee status, 10.3% were granted subsidiary protection, and 1.9% were given special protection.

    The overall protection rate dropped by 12% compared with 2018, prior to when security decrees entered into force in October of that year.

    The 2020 annual report by the Italian Refugee Council (CIR) presented Wednesday explained that the difficulties linked to the pandemic were aggravated by stricter Italian legislation that limited the possibilities for protection of asylum seekers and refugees, "complicating our interventions for protection and integration".

    Current state of legislation From a regulatory point of view, CIR underscored, the situation is "much better after the reform of the security decrees (DL 130/2020) hoped for by associations working for (refugee and migrant) protection and which was finally introduced in December 2020".

    Difficulties linked to the pandemic were thus aggravated for many people seeking protection in Italy by their unexpected situation of irregularity in the country.

    "Our interventions were thus modelled," CIR said, "on a context that was entirely unpredictable and they sought to respond to ever more urgent needs." CIR figures In 2020, CIR helped 2,489 people in need of protection including 1,798 adults, 652 unaccompanied foreign-born migrants and those who had just reached the age of adulthood, and 48 victims of violence.

    It also helped with the training and awareness-raising of 438 people working in the sector, guardians, and others.

    CIR welcomed into its centers over the course of the year 395 people including 273 adults and nuclear families, 97 minors, and 25 victims of violence.

    "We provided legal assistance,, social accompaniment, ad orientation within the territory with information offices funded through conventions with local entities and as part of specific projects," CIR said, "in six regions - Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Calabria, Puglia and Sicily - to 824 people. We provided 3,406 interventions for assistance. We intervened to help seasonal migrant workers in the Salento region by providing legal advice to 90 people in the Nardo camp".

    (Archival photo of migrants in the special reception center of Alpignano, Turin. April 27, 2020. Photo: ANSA/TINO ROMANO) (ANSAmed).

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