Italian Refugee Association
The Italian Council for Refugees is an organization that helps refugees and asylum seekers find a new home in Italy. The group is a member of the ECRE, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, and works to promote the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. The organization is also a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network.
The association’s mission is to promote equality for all people. Its 52 offices in Italy provide services that help asylum seekers and refugees integrate into Italian society. This includes information on migration and orientation on homosexuality, access to asylum, health assistance, and integration activities. It also provides legal assistance to people making an international protection claim.
The numbers of irregular migrants entering Italy are on the rise. In 2016, the country hosted more than 181,000 migrants. This number dropped during 2018 and 2019. However, it jumped again in 2020, when 33,156 people arrived and reached a high of 53,275 in October 2021. The majority of these migrants came from Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Cote d’Ivoire. There were also increasing numbers from Eritrea, Tunisia, Algeria, and Pakistan.
The Italian Refugee Council is an independent, non-governmental organization that advocates for refugees. Established in 1990 under United Nations initiative, the association helps refugees and asylum seekers access protection in Italy. It also promotes decent conditions for refugee integration and reception in host countries. As a member of the Euromed Human Rights Network, the council helps people from all over the world find a new home in Italy.