Cassibile and the structural “emergency” of the illegal recruitment of underpaid agricultural workers

From the main road leading to the town of Cassibile, one can get a sense of the informal camp of the migrant workers. The camp consists of tents, tin huts and small, improvised shelters built between the trees. The migrants who live here leave every morning at dawn to harvest potatoes in the fields and […]

Visit to the SPRAR Centre in Francofonte

At the beginning of October we went to visit the SPRAR* centre managed by the Sol.Co consortium in Francofonte, province of Syracuse.

The Landings Never Stop

Since the establishment of the League-Five Star government, a belief is making headway in public opinon that, with the ports being closed to ships that have rescued migrants, the arrivals – the famous landings – have ended. Chapter closed. It was enough to simply pick off the rescue ships and avoid them landing until the […]

Migrants rescued by Trenton reveal: ‘If that boat saw and rescue us before, 76 people would not have died’

Repubblica– On 12 June 2018 the US Navy ship Trenton rescued 41 migrants in the Mediterraneo, off the coast of Libya, from a collapsed rubber boat. But 76 people have been less lucky and died in the shipwreck. After months we met six of the 41 survivors, who for the first time tell what happened […]

The Emergency Hostel in Rosolini: Asylum Seekers With Restricted Movement

On August 2nd we returned to the Extraordinary Reception Centre* in Rosolini, managed by the company ‘Alessandro Frasca s.a.s.’, which currently houses 101 people, ranging from 18 to 30 years’ old. The majority are from Subsaharan Africa but there are also residents from Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Egypt. The structure has a capacity of […]

Stories Of Ordinary Integration, Against The Stereotypes!

On July 4th we had the pleasure of engaging in a conversation with Stephen (not his real name), a young 23-year-old man from Togo. Stephen arrived in Italy in July 2016. Having been hosted in two centres in Sicily, he was entered for the project Refugees Welcome, a “third reception” network that supports families to […]

The Dirty Propaganda Campaign About Libya

On 21 May 2018, a conference was held at the Ortygia Business School in Syracuse in order to “inform civil society about what is actually happening in Libya”. The panel included a moderator, Filippo Romano (Vice-Prefect of Syracuse), Roberto Perrone (Italian Ambassador to Libya), Roberto Mignone (leader of the UNHCR Mission in Libya) and Othman […]

A Good Example For Once

For once, a good example of migrant reception. A report of a visit to the “Obioma” SPRAR centre at Canicattini Bagni

The Shanty Town at Cassibile at the Point of Emergency: “Employers Should Guarantee Accomodation”

From MeridioNews.it – CRONACA – Seventy-nine African men camped out in more than 50 shacks on private land. Without water nor electricity and in appalling hygenic and sanitary conditions. All of this has been reported to the public prosecutor but finding an alternative living situation for them is not easy. “We are trying to work together” […]

Homeless and Rightsless

In Italy, the malfunctioning of administrative procedures represents a continuous source of bureaucratic dragging, demeaning periods of waiting and vicious downwards circles. One of the greatest problems relates to the police stations’ request for official residence documents and/or hospitality documents in order to be able to process the issuing or renewal of permits to stay, […]