8TH FEBRUARY 2017 - The Italian Refugee Council welcomes the Minniti Plan with interest, hoping that this will translate into legislative proposals that will make the asylum system more effective for safeguarding the right to protection.
“It is positive that Minister Minniti is dealing with the issue of refugees and migrants, a theme that in recent years has become a structural and mass problem, with an integrated plan presented to parliament and articulated into diverse legislative proposals that deal with the complexity of various aspects: reception, protection, safeguarding of rights, without neglecting the legitimate necessity of guaranteeing citizens’ security,” explains Roberto Zaccaria, President of the Italian Refugee Council (CIR).
3rd February 2017 – The Italian Refugee Council – CIR is extremely concerned about the conclusions reached at the informal meeting of European heads of state held in Malta.
29 January – CIR is the leading proponent of the project “Frontiere Minori”, co-financed by the European Union and the Ministry of the Interior /Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (FAMI) -2014/2020 - Specific Objective 1 ASILO – National Objective 1. Reception/Asylum. The aim of the project is to reinforce the protection to foreign minors, including those that are unaccompanied, arriving from or headed towards Austria and/or Slovenia (identified in the Provinces of Udine and Gorizia), of minors from or headed to the Brenner Pass (identified in the province of Verona) and those arriving on the coasts of Puglia.
23rd November 2016 - In the meeting of members of CIR held on 5th October the modifications to the charter were approved unanimously and new members were elected. Roberto Zaccaria was confirmed President and Lino Duilio elected new Vice President. The Board of Directors was appointed as was the new Scientific and Strategic Board.
22 november 2016 - Today the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) , to which the Italian Refugee Council (CIR)  belongs, is part of a group of over 50 European civil organizations that will submit a petition to the members of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe requesting the European leaders to commit to ending the phenomenon of statelessness among children.
16 November 2016 - The project, ending in July 2017, involves 7 partners in 6 countries: CIR in ITALY (the Leading Agency), ADITUS in MALTA, CPR in PORTUGAL, ECRE in BELGIUM, FTDA in France, the GCR in GREECE and the Zentrum ÜBERLEBEN gGmbH in GERMANY. With the Time for needs project we want to contribute to the identification of special needs of victims of torture and of extreme violence, in particular women and children, related to the asylum procedures as well as the reception conditions and to the development of harmonized protection standards and practices across the European Union for this vulnerable target group.
READ THE SHORT PROJECT PRESENTATION