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Salvini’s Decree Becomes Law: the Consequences

The ddl 840/2018better known as Salvini’s decree on immigration and security, has become law after approval by the Chamber of Deputies. One of the biggest changes and challenges that has come out of this decree is the removal of humanitarian protection, a lower level of asylum status provided for by Italian rather than international law – given to 25 percent of Italy’s asylum seekers last year, according to the AFP. It will also make it harder to obtain Italian citizenship and provides for the revocation of ‘acquired’ citizenship, as well as changing the rules around hosting asylum seekers in reception centres.

As an organisation that works with socially and economically disadvantaged people, female  victims of violence, and also provides accommodation – at the ‘third level’, i.e. for people who have already lived in Italy for some time and whose long-term integration we support -, we feel compelled to investigate and fully understand the implications of this legislation. As such, we held a public meeting on 30th November, in collaboration with the social enterprise Xenia who have been hosting asylum seekers for two years and with whom we share our work space. We were joined by Barbara Cattelan and Enrica Origlialawyers with ASGI (an association that studies migration legislation), who sought to analyse and interpret how the new laws will work in practice, and Monica Ceruttithe representative for Equal Opportunities in Piemonte.

So, what has changed for asylum seekers?
For anyone submitting an application now, the chances of receiving protection are greatly reduced. There is no direct long-term replacement for humanitarian protection, but some much more limited forms of protection have been introduced.

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Casale del Rio is coming alive

Do you know the Casale del Rio?
Don’t you know what we are talking about?
Ok. This is our biggest project to date, which we would like to carry out as soon as possible, with the support from you all.
We wish to turn this 17th Century country house to a home for women, where places come alive thanks to their creativity.
We already talked to you all about it, a farm house in Villamiroglio, immersed in the very heart of Monferrato (Piedmont), the home of Barbera wine and white truffle.
Here you can find more information about our ambitious project.

Your support is necessary and important, but we are proud to show you the small but significant steps taken one year on for the home renovation.
Brick by brick the idea of the house is taking shape.

How it is now

How it was

We are very confident that the future will bring us a big opportunity.
Join us to keep yourself up to date and please SUPPORT US!

Thank you!