21 September 2015 - A new report published today by the European Network on Statelessness reveals that thousands of children are growing up without the basic protection a nationality offers to citizens because of gaps in nationality laws and laws governing procedures for birth registration.
19 September 2015- During the second quarter of 2015 (from April to June 2015), 213 200 first time asylum seekers applied for protection in the European Union (EU), up by 15% compared with the first quarter of 2015 and by 85% compared with the second quarter of 2014. These quarterly data on asylum in the EU come from a report issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
2 September 2015 - Fiorella Rathaus has been appointed as new director of the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR). A sociologist she has been working for the organization since 1991. Since 1996 she has been the Head of the Integration Department of CIR and Manager of the Projects “Vi.To” for the reception and care of victims of torture, which she initiated together with a group of Amnesty International medical doctors and psychologists.
4 June 2015: In a hearing before a committee of the Italian Senate, Alessandro Pansa, head of the Police, said that “in the first five months of this year 41,703 migrants have landed on our shores, compared to 39,000 during the same period last year”. He continued “there have been 24,678 asylum seekers, but that does not mean that all of them are eligible”. Pansa also noted that in 2014, “15,726 persons were repatriated, or 52% of those removed, while this year, those repatriated are 5,823 out of a total of 12,154 persons removed”.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 9:00 – 16:30
Spazio Europea, European Parliament, Via IV November, 149, Rome
4 June 2015: June 2015 marks the end of the first programming cycle of the Solidarity and Migrant Flow Management Fund, which coincided in Italy with the creation of a system for implementing Voluntary Assisted Return (RVA, as per its acronym in Italian). Thanks to the European Repatriation Fund, under the direction and with support from Italy’s Interior Ministry, during the past six years, a national referral system for RVA has been created through the formation of RIRVA, the Italian Network for Voluntary Assisted Return (known as NIRVA from 2009-2012), and various return projects have been funded.
2 June 2915: According to data from Italy’s Interior Ministry, in the first two months of 2015, 11,247 applications for asylum were filed. Those seeking asylum were predominantly male, (10,110 persons) with 1,137 applications by females. There were 626 unaccompanied minors and 447 accompanied minors. The prevalent countries of origin were Gambia (1,639), Nigeria (1,220) and Senegal (1,194).