Italy links, information websites and chat groups

AIDA asylum information database 
analysis of asylum in Italy – Welcome to Europe Italy information in English , in Arabic , in Farsi , in Tigrinya (short Tigrinya version) and in French
independent information for refugees and migrants coming to Europe.

“Welcome to Italy” guide (April 2017)

An info-guide for refugees and migrants (April 2017) 

Guide Italy 2016 FA pdf (Farsi)
Guide Italy 2017 IT pdf (Italian)
Guide Italy 2017 AR pdf (Arabic)
Guide Italy 2017 EN pdf (English)
Guide Italy 2017 FR pdf (French)

Rights in Exile Programme

List of pro bono legal assistance providers is a directory of organizations, lawyers, and others who are able to assist refugees free-of-charge in legal matters and help secure refugee rights. This list may also be of use to legal providers assembling and arguing cases elsewhere in the world for information on country of origin, case development, and other help. 

InfoMigrants is a news and information site for migrants to counter misinformation at every point of their journey: in their country of origin, along the route, or in the places where they hope to start a new life. InfoMigrants is available in three languages: French, Arabic and English. There is consensus about one idea, however: migrants are in need of verified and balanced information, which is often difficult for them to access during their journey. Even before they leave their homes, migrants are exposed to a proliferation of poor and unreliable information. Studies show that the majority of migrants receive most of their information from human traffickers and smugglers, who seek to mislead and manipulate them. InfoMigrants is a collaboration led by three major European media sources: France Médias Monde (France 24, Radio France International, Monte Carlo Doualiya), the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, and the Italian press agency ANSA. InfoMigrants is co-financed by the European Union.

In English, French, Farsi and Arabic 

Campagna LasciateCIEntrare

The campaign was born in 2011 to counter a circular of the Ministry of the Interior prohibiting access to press organs in CIE (Identification and Exhumation Centers) and C.A.R.A. (Reception centers for asylum seekers): appealing to the right / duty to exert art. 21 of the Constitution, namely freedom of the press, LetCIEntrare got the repeal of the circular and is now battling for the closure of CIE, the abolition of administrative detention and the revision of immigration.

Italy links, Campania, local information, capital, cities and regions



Progetto IARA – Integrazione e Accoglienza per Rifugiati e richiedenti Asilo – del Comune di Napoli

LESS Impresa Sociale Onlus, Corso Garibaldi 261, Napoli, Telefono (+39)081455270 – fax 08119512796, email: Coordinator: dott.ssa Simona Talamo e-mail: . Lawyer: dott.ssa Valentina Esposito e-mail: 

Progetto We Care 

We Care is born to provide highly qualified support to host projects in the territory of the province of Naples in dealing with problems related to psycho-physical traumas and the resulting psycho-sanitary vulnerability of asylum seekers and international protection holders. In addressing the instances and needs of regional host structures, the partnership seeks to build a multilevel architecture between the socio-sanitary system, the 1st and 2nd welcome system of international and community protection applicants and holders territorial reference. The project is implemented by ASL Napoli 2 Nord, Less IS Onlus, Dedalus social cooperative  Website 

Kikana restaurant

Restaurant managed by refugees in Via del Parco Margherita 12/a, Naples, Italy. It has a Facebook page . Call 388 889 6891


CSA Ex Canapificio Viale Ellittico, 27 – Caserta – tel/fax 0823216332 –

Italy links, Emilia Romagna, Piemonte, local information, capital, cities and regions



Popular kitchens is a canteen that welcomes people who benefit from meals offered by businesses in the area. Le Cucine Popolari are located in via Battiferro 2, Naviglio district, in via Sacco 16 San Vitale / San Donato Bologna and in via Ludovico Berti 2 Porto / Zaragoza district. 


Asilo in Europa



an Italian NGO based in Bologna (Italy) and focuses on asylum protection in the EU. Their main aims are to promote the development of a common understanding of the European dimension of asylum law, as well as to improve the exchange of information among NGOs that work in different countries.



Frantz Fanon has an association and a centre for psychological health. It is located in  via San Francesco d’Assisi 3, in Torino and offers psychotherapy and psychosocial support for immigrants, refugees and torture victims.

Centre at former Gorio barracks 

ASGI – Associazione Studi Giuridici Sull’Immigrazione


7 Via Gerdil, Torino
tel: +39.0114369158

Legal studies association whose members include lawyers, judges and university professors. Work closely in network and provide legal assistance, awareness raising, campaigns, and denunciation of conditions in detention centers.

Italy links, healthcare, health insurance, doctors, clinics, mental health, hygiene, hospitals

Access to health care service

Foreign nationals regularly resident in Italy can access the facilities of the National Health Service (S.S.N.) in different ways depending on the reason for the stay. Foreign citizens with a regular residence permit can register at S.S.N. by addressing the ASL of the City of residence, or if not yet resident, of the actual domicile indicated in the residence permit. Health care is extended to family members who are regularly resident in Italy. 

In fact, some regions do not recognize the rights enshrined in the law: such as the protection of the child, the exemption from the ticket for the STPs, or the possibility of voluntary registration with the Ssn. Legislative Decree 142 of 2015 on reception and asylum, according to which people who apply for protection until they receive the documents must access the health service through the STP procedure . ‘Probably the person who wrote the rule did not want to create holes, but this has increased the confusion, the asylum seeker can not be compared to an irregular, because it is inside an inclusion process that may fail, but as long as it fails it goes protected.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Legislation provides for access to care to be protected through the use of interpreters and mediators. But there are few trained practitioners so far, because the theme of psychological, cognitive and behavioral disorders of migrants is still underestimated. Several international organizations, over the last period, have repeatedly launched an alert on the invisible wounds of those arriving after overcoming a grueling trip and having suffered all forms of abuse and torture. Doctors Without Frontiers denounced this situation in their report “Traumas Ignored”, but also Medu (Human Rights Officers) did the same in the “Exodus” dossier.

“All refugees are to be regarded as potentially vulnerable subjects, since exile is

for itself a traumatic experience. The particular vulnerability and the suffering baggage of

which is carried by every refugee, does not necessarily and automatically however translate into psychopathological disorders. RTP victims of torture, rape, abuses or extreme traumas of other nature (prolonged prisons in isolation and / or inhuman and degrading conditions, shipwrecks, witnesses of violent deaths, etc.) may have postoperative, latent or sub-clinical psychopathological frameworks. This type of refugees must be considered as highly vulnerable and actions must therefore be taken and specific procedures aimed at early detection of these people” it says in the Guidelines for the programming of assistance and rehabilitation interventions and for the treatment of psychological disorders of refugee status holders and subsidiary protection status that have suffered torture, rape or other forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence. 

The ministerial decree of April 3, 2017 adopting the Guidelines on assistance, rehabilitation and treatment of the mental disorders of refugees and people who have been subjected to torture, rape or other serious forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence, including any training and updating programs specific to healthcare personnel, in pursuance of Article 27 paragraph 1 bis of Legislative Decree no. 18/2014. 

On Mental Health of refugees: a new plan for welcoming them 

Roberto Beneduce is one of the most important representative of ethno-psychiatry in Italy. His centre Frantz Fanon has an association and a centre for psychological health. It is located in  via San Francesco d’Assisi 3, in Torino and offers psychotherapy and psychosocial support for immigrants, refugees and torture victims. 

There is a therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing In Italy is practised here:

Italian NGO Emergency in Italy

In 2006 EMERGENCY opened an Outpatient Clinic in Palermo, Sicily, to guarantee free healthcare to migrants – with or without residence permits – and to any person in need. They are also Outpatient Clinic in Marghera, near Venice; in July 2013 with the Polistena Clinic (Calabria region, Southern Italy); and in 2015 with the Castel Volturno Clinic and the Naples Clinic (Campania region, Southern Italy). 

They assist vulnerable migrants who can’t access to public service also Information point in Sassari, that now also offers services as an Outpatients Clinic

They also have mobile clinics to bring assistance directly where it is needed. 

A team of EMERGENCY doctors and cultural mediators is working in Sicily since summer 2013 to guarantee basic healthcare to the migrants who are coming ashore. 

A project aimed at offering social-medical counselling on a mobile clinic in Latina from December 2016.

Headquarter MILAN: Via Santa Croce 19 – 20122 Milan, Italy Tel (+39) 02 881881 Fax (+39) 02 86316336

ROME: Via dell’Arco del Monte 99 A, 00186 Roma Tel (+39) 06 688151

VENICE: Isola della Giudecca 212, 30133 Venezia Tel (+39) 041 877931

More informations about infopoints in other cities 

Italy: Welfare And social Service


The social inclusion and income support measures in place at national and local level (by regional and local administrations), for people and  families that do not have the minimum resources to live.

Social assistance is guaranteed in the form of economic benefits and services funded by the taxpayer, at both national and local levels, using Regions and the Local Authorities resources, in order to promote social inclusion and income support based on principle of social solidarity.

  • The most important non-contributory service provided at national level by the INPS is the Social Allowance (Assegno Sociale).
  • The newly introduced Citizenship Guaranteed Minimum Income (Reddito di Cittadinanza) and Citizenship Guaranteed minimum Pension (Pensione di Cittadinanza) both replacing the former  Inclusion Income Support (ReI – Reddito d’Inclusione) in order to combat poverty, foster social inclusion and reintegration into work of the unemployed. Entitlement is conditional on the beneficiary’s income (means-tested) and pro-active job seeking.
  • Reference is also made to the List of Regional and Local Services to give information on social inclusion, family and income support services.

Italy links, hotels, renting, buying, housing, shelter, accommodation, camps

Reception in Italy 
Community of Sant’Egidio

The community of Sant’Egidio was always involved in helping homeless people and recently involved with Mediterranean Hope in organising and welcoming refugees coming through Humanitarian Corridors, and agreement between them and the government and NGOs to relocate the syrian refugees fled to Lebanon. The community of Sant’Egidio prepared guides of different cities with services for people in need. At this link there are Rome, Padova, Milan, Genova, Barcellona…

piazza Sant’Egidio, 3

00153 – Rome (Italy)

tel. +39.06.899.22.34+39.06.899.22.34

fax +39.06.580.01.97 

Mediterranean Hope – project of Evangelical Baptists Churches

The project is structured in closely related units: on the one hand, on the one hand, on the other, on information and on the political action of denouncing the violations of human rights of migrants and the lack of rules on asylum. 

Casa delle Culture


97018 SCICLI (RG)


Osservatorio sulle Migrazioni




Relocation Desk


00184 ROMA


Network Refugee Welcome in Italy

Oxfam Italia

It is present in Tuscany,  receiving 239 asylum seekers in the provinces of Arezzo, Florence, Livorno and Siena. Since 2015 Oxfam works in eastern Sicily in partnership with local partners and organizations to strengthen the capabilities of migrant emergency response; support refugees hosted in Catania, Milazzo, Scicli and Syracuse in legal, psychological and health care activities. 

It offers: 

Legal assistance


Italian language learning 

Movements, paying monthly subscription to public transport

Sports and recreational activities

Social-health care – from enrollment to the National Health Service, to the appointment of the treating physician or to the socio-psychological support. 

Catering and first-time goods – thanks to good spend in contracted businesses can buy food and personal hygiene products. 

Cultural language mediation – to the acquisition of a knowledge of the Italian language, customs and laws that guarantee its autonomy. 

Vocational training – with professional training courses and support for volunteering in the workplace. 

Monitoring, research and evaluation – with data collection to improve the quality of our services.

AREZZO – Casa delle culture – Piazza Fanfani 5, 52100, T. 39 342 9398569 Tel. +39 0575 182481 Fax +39 0575 1824872

CATANIA, Via Conte Ruggero 99 – 95129, T. +39 095 8360350

FIRENZE, Viale Belfiore 10 – 50144, T. +39 055 3220895 F. +39 055 3245133

MILAZZO (ME), Via Pico del Pittore 11 – 98057

MILANO, Via Bartolomeo Panizza 7 – 20144, T.  +39 342 9398569

ROMA, Viale Regina Margherita 302 – 00198, T. +39 06 45653850 

Italy links, unaccompanied minors, young people, children

Protective measures are established for unaccompanied minors found in the country. ReCcently the law changed about the protection of unaccompanied minors in Italy. The official Decree of Internal Ministry dated 27 April 2017 grants to minors the right of be welcomed. The National Fund for Asylum Policies and Services (FNPSA) will fund projects of Municipalities under the umbrella of Protection system for asylum seekers and refugees (SPRAR).

MSNA – Minori stranieri non accompagnati 

Italy: Protection for minors and children

In Italy there are no rules which define the specific ages for children, adolescents and for teenagers. In general, these age ranges tend to be associated with the school career, as well as the process of maturation until the age of majority is reached, that is defined by law as the age of 18 years. For the school career, the following stages have been identified: childhood (Bambini/bambine), which typically goes from birth to the age of 10 (early or “first” childhood from 0-6; “second” childhood from 6 to 10), pre-adolescence (ragazzi/ragazze), that goes from the age of 11 to the age of 13, and adolescence (in Italian, the same term, ragazzi/ragazze), which goes from the age of 14 through the age of 17. However, this scheme conforms only partially to a definition of overall psychological development.

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Italy Links – Education, School, University, Enrolment

Websites or documents about education, schools and universities in this Country for people living abroad.


Italian legislation provides that all minors, both Italian and foreigners, have the right and the obligation until the age of 16 to take part in the national education system. Under LD 142/2015, unaccompanied asylum seeking children and children of asylum seekers exercise these rights and are also admitted to the courses of the Italian language.1 LD 142/2015 makes reference to Article 38 of the Consolidated Act on Immigration, which states that foreign children present on Italian territory are subject to compulsory education, emphasising that all provisions concerning the right to education and the access to education services apply to foreign children as well.


University of Bologna

A project promoted by the University of Bologna and the Municipality of Bologna for the integration of refugee students at university

University of Venice

The University of Venice awards 3 Scholarships to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students classified as Political Refugees. Successful candidates will be waived from tuition fees, as well as minimum tax and regional tax.

University L’Orientale of Napoli

Students holding ‘political asylum’ or ‘subsidiary protection’ will be entitled to the exemption from university fees and contributions, up to a maximum of 12 (twelve) recipients per academic year

Torino University

100 scholarships for students refugees or with international protection (a.y. 2017-2018)


Adult Education in Italy is provided in Provincial Adult Education Centers (CPIA), a governmental system of schools with special rules (aka courses are also evening time, for workers…)

Who can enroll in CPIAs: 

  • Adults, even foreigners, who have not completed the compulsory education and who intend to obtain the final study title of the first education cycle 
  • Adults, even foreigners, who are in possession of the final qualification of first cycle of education and I intend to achieve the final study title of the second cycle of education 
  • Foreign adults intending to enroll in the Italian Literacy and Learning Paths 
  • Youths who are 16 years of age and who, having the title of the final study of the first cycle of education demonstrate that they are not able to attend daytime classes. CPIA Adult Education 

The organisations of CPIAs is demanded to regions: to find the centers it is possible to look for “CPIA+name of the city” or see “IDA+name of region”.


During their study abroad year in Rome, students have the chance to ask these questions directly, learning more about the refugee situation in Italy and throughout Europe through community-based learning activities and the Rome Global Gateway collaboration with refugee centers in Rome. Here, we focus on the experience of students who volunteer at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC)

Italy links, Veneto, local information, capital, cities and regions


Casa a colori di Fondazione LaCasa, Padova

Housing and work search

Via del Commissario 42, Padova
+39 049 680332
tel. 049-715988

Casa a colori  is a privileged area to include, after a training period, individuals belonging to disadvantaged social categories. Thanks to the ability to have a job, they can build a more robust project of life and relationship.


Popular Gym in Rivolta Via F.lli Bandiera 45 Marghera 30175 

Liberalaparola – school of Italian for everybody – nobody is illegal

Situated in Centro Sociale Rivolta, Via F.lli Bandiera, 45 – Marghera (VE) 

Tel.: 3492823942 o 3493611063

ParoleInMovimento was born as an Italian school because language is the first barrier that an immigrant meets in the country of arrival but can become the most useful tool for full inclusion. This school, however, aims to go beyond the simple teaching of the Italian language and to be a place of exchange, expression and sociality.

The school takes place in Ca’ Bembo Liberata e-mail:,  , : Referees: Sara Monaci +39 3337645815; Silvia Corsi +39 3356599763

Associazione SOS DIRITTI Venice 

It has the Venetian Observatory against the racial discrimination. The observatory carries out consultancy and orientation towards offices and services able to handle the individual situations: ASGI, the Mestre Street Lawyer, the Global Village Cooperative and the Workers’ Rights Association – ADL Cobas.


Popular Gym Hurricanegym for free, courses of boxe Opens on Tuesday

Talking Hands tel. +39340 274 1823

Both activities are inside Centro Sociale Django, Via Monterumici,11 – Treviso

Fuoriclasse – scuola di italiano per il mondo:  via Terraglio 1, Treviso. The place is under the overpass near the train station. Volunteer referee: Antonella Bellero +39 349 463 2006 (call evening time) 

Binario 1: Piazzale Duca d’Aosta 7, Treviso, Italia (under the overpass near the train station) Referee: Marco Zabai +39 320 4525160

Dormitorio autogestito Caminantes, Treviso

It is a small shelter (9 decent places) giving hospitality to vulnerable cases of homeless (increasing the foreigners – refugees) responding to the lack of public service in the city. The volunteers pass around 8pm in the train station and give a ticket to homeless who would like to be guested. At 9pm the homeless people can go in front of the place, located inside Centro Sociale Django, Via Monterumici,11 – Treviso. No personal cooking allowed. 


Cucine popolari CEPs provide various services: canteens, showers, laundry, clothing distribution, medical clinic, living rooms, listening center, information, guidance, company, support, family and social accompaniment. 

Most of these services are completely free; for others, a small contribution is required in proportion to the availability of applicants. They are in via Tommaseo 12 Padova, in front of the train station. Managed by nouns. Tel: 049 875 08 58, Fax: 049 661 093. E-mail: Director of the house: Gianesello Sr.Lia. 

Hours: Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 8.00pm, Saturday from 8.00am to 2.30pm

Casa dei Diritti “don Gallo” is a Squat in Via Tommaseo, 90 in Padova. Among their various activities are: Counseling Desk on Migrant Rights, Work, Home Affairs, Residence Permit; Italian School ‘Libera La Parola’; la Cycle Store; The Social Garden ‘NO BORDER’; The Panche Project; The soccer team

This has to be checked: squats appear and disappear


Bassano del Grappa (VI)

Associazione Casa a colori, Bassano del Grappa (VI)

Viale Scalabrini, 3 36061 Bassano del Grappa (VI) and Piazzetta Poste, 1 36061 Bassano del Grappa (VI) Tel e Fax 0424504160 Mail It helps migrant brothers. Catholic organisation. Set up to try to solve the housing problem with the creation of first and second reception centers, it subsequently engaged in training and intercultural education by providing literacy courses and job placement and the protection of immigrants opening an information desk. 

Italy links, visa, asylum, travel documents, passports, identity cards

Overview of Rights and Asylum Process in italy

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It is a Non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Rome, Italy. A Buon Diritto is a civil liberties association formed in June 2001 for the purpose of promoting questions of great public importance regarding the exercise of rights, which are either recognised by our legal system but not properly protected, or whose recognition is defaulted on, opposed or hindered in actual practice. 

The association works to raise public awareness of these questions and help introduce them into the sphere of political-parliamentary debate, whilst following through the effects of these actions in terms of legislation and collective orientation. A Buon Diritto dedicates great attention to the issues of immigration, deprivation of liberty, end-of-life and freedom of choice in medical treatment.



Via Trebbia 3

Rome, Italy

Tel. 06 8535 6796


‘SenzaAsilo’ is born of operators, institutions and citizens who in various capacities lend their commitment to the social support projects of refugees and who daily confront each other with the continuous increase in rejection of asylum requests by the Territorial Commissions. 

Asylum seekers hosted in reception centers carry out strenuous work-related integration projects that often lead to the concrete possibility of having a stable job and economic autonomy. Unfortunately, as a result of the rejection of the asylum application, they ‘fall’ underground, they see their path nullified and become ‘invisible’: they can not work, can not be treated, can not rent a house. 


Present in 8 Italian regions (Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Apulia, Calabria, Sicily) with informative and socio-legal information outlets funded through special agreements with local authorities and within specific projects. In Rome, in addition to ordinary activities at the headquarters, we provide legal assistance to migrants in transit in the area of ​​Tiburtina Station – in the informal ‘Baobab’ garrison – where there are people excluded from the reception system in the first two centers ‘Tom’ and ‘Jerry’ welcoming a total of 20 unmarried foreign minors and at the reception center ‘La Casa’ managed by Ce.IS Don Mario Picchi. We are conducting monitoring activities on the so-called ‘hotspot approach’ of the European Union and guidance and information 

Address: Via del Velabro 5/A

00186 Roma (RM) tel. +39 06 69200114 

Avvocato di strada

Free legal protection for homeless people. The largest Italian law firm (and even the least expensive). Where is it: with time of availability and addresses just in Italian. 

Guide for people living on the street 

Italy links, unaccompanied minors, young people, children

Protective measures are established for unaccompanied minors found in the country. ReCcently the law changed about the protection of unaccompanied minors in Italy. The official Decree of Internal Ministry dated 27 April 2017 grants to minors the right of be welcomed. The National Fund for Asylum Policies and Services (FNPSA) will fund projects of Municipalities under the umbrella of Protection system for asylum seekers and refugees (SPRAR).

MSNA – Minori stranieri non accompagnati