Without work, what can I do?
Sicily, 21 November 2014 – The single-most urgent need of the migrants we interviewed in southern Italy was to work – even the desire to get a document was closely linked to the possibility this opened up of finding a job afterwards. So much so some of those who were still waiting for a document harboured unrealistic expectations about getting work once they had one.
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All my bones used to hurt – sleeping on the street
Catania, 27 October 2014 – Once asylum seekers are granted protection in Italy, they leave the Centri di Accoglienza per Richiedenti Asilo (CARA), or centres for the reception of asylum seekers that were set up in 2008, and graduate to accommodation known as Servizio di Protezione per i Richiedenti Asilo e i Rifugiati (SPRAR). This is a system of reception and integration run by the Ministry for Internal Affairs, in collaboration with humanitarian organisations, to offer asylum seekers and refugees accommodation and help to integrate into Italian society.
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You have to queue for everything, life at CARA di Mineo
Sicily, 22 October 2014 – When migrants land in Lampedusa or Sicily, the registration process begins. They are accommodated in first-level reception facilities and, once processed, those seeking refugee status are taken to a Centro di Accoglienza per Richiedenti Asilo (CARA), or a centre for the reception of asylum seekers set up in Italy in 2008, to await the decision on their request for asylum.
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Wait, wait, wait, the asylum procedure
Sicily, 8 October 2014 – Italy’s asylum procedure was clearly a source of frustration, bewilderment and worry for the people we interviewed. Nothing new in this – asylum seekers in other host countries would say exactly the same about the unfriendly and confusingly bureaucratic systems they trust will deliver the protection they seek.
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Lost in Italy - Kofi's story
Brussels, 15 September 2014 - Migrants who have been rescued from drowning at sea and disembarked in Sicily are too often left in destitution. Big gaps in protection remain and all too often migrants fall through these gaps. Many end up sleeping on the streets of Catania. Kofi's story is symbolic of a failing system. Despite his suffering, he openly shared his story with JRS communications officer, Oscar Spooner, in the hope that it may make a difference.

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Though this be madness, yet there is method in it
Brussels, 12 September 2014 - Europe's senior policy officer, Mr Stefan Kessler, takes a look at the skewed policies of the EU, which put border security before international human rights protection. So far there has been very little solidarity with Italy, which is struggling to cope with the thousands of forced migrants which it has saved from the sea.

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Italy's refugee crisis
Brussels, 12 September 2014 - This article highlights the aims of the JRS Europe 'Rescued - What Next?' campaign and outlines the scope of our upcoming report on the situation protection seekers face in Italy.

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