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European Community proposals for the reform of the Dublin Regulation are totally inadequate.

5th May 2016 –The Italian Refugee Council (CIR) is extremely disappointed with the proposals put forward yesterday by the European Commission for the reform of the Dublin Regulation. “ A missed opportunity for what should have been a structural reform of the Dublin system. The approach adopted by the Commission is extremely limited and the basic principle to determine the state responsible for examining the asylum request remains substantially unchanged: it continues to strongly handicap, first of all, asylum seekers and secondly, the countries in which they arrive first. Based everything on the measure of resettlement that has already been shown to be completely ineffective is, in our opinion, not the right way,” explains Christopher Hein, spokesperson of CIR.

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CIR is set to participate in the Carta Di Roma, interview with the Director of CIR, Fiorella Rathaus, Carta di Roma

5th May 2016 – CIR has decided to participate in the network of associations Carta di Roma established in December 2011 to implement the professional protocol for accurate information on the issue of immigration, signed by the National Council of the Order of Journalists (CNOG) and the National Federation of the Italian Press (FNSI) in June 2008. “Every inappropriate word is a hindrance,” explains CIR Director Fiorella Rathaus in an interview with Piera Mastantuono for the website cartadiroma.orgexplaining CIR’s decision to participate in the Carta di Roma.

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European Commission: Towards a sustainable and fair Common European Asylum System

4 May 2016 - Today the European Commission is presenting proposals to reform the Common European Asylum System by creating a fairer, more efficient and more sustainable system for allocating asylum applications among Member States.

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The short film Frontiers has received a special mention for animation in the short film competition Corti d’Argento 2016.

11th April 2016 - The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) is proud to announce that the short film Frontiers by Hermes Mangialardo, winner of the second edition of our competition Fammi Vedere (Show Me), has received a special mention for animation in the selection “Corti d’Argento” at the Nastri d’Argento Cinema Awards. The Italian National Journalists and Cinematographers’ Union (SNGCI) noted that the short film was selected for the fundraising campaign for the Italian Refugee Council: a special acknowledgement was also awarded by CIR President Laura Delli Colli.

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Asylum and Migration in Europe, needs an overhaul. For the European Commission there is only one party to blame for the refugee crisis: the refugees themselves.

6th April 2016 – the Italian Council for Refugees is alarmed by the communication of the European Commission relating to the reform of the asylum system. The arrival of almost 1.5 million asylum seekers in Europe in 2015 has led to the disintegration of the entire European System for Asylum, approved three years ago. Faced with the inability of this system to provide effective instruments to manage the largest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War and following the desperate attempts by European Leaders to come up with spontaneous solutions, the Commission announced today an enormous package of reforms to reshape the asylum system. Proposals that go far beyond the Dublin Regulation and that contribute to undermining the fundamental rights of asylum seekers and refugees, without facing the reasons for the humanitarian crisis involving millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes.

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The telephone fundraising campaign “Beyond walls” has just launched. Support CIR activities to help asylum seekers, refugees and victims of torture: from the 21st March to the 9th April, it is possible to make a donation via text message or by phone on 45

21st March 2016 - the Italian Refugee Council (CIR) telephone fundraising campaign “Beyond Walls” has just opened in order to provide support to asylum seekers, refugees and victims of torture: from the 21st March to the 9th April it will be possible to donate 2 euro via the telephone number 45503 with a text message sent from cell phones on the TIM, Vodaphone, WIND, 3, PosteMobile, CoopVoce and Tiscali networks; and 2/5 euro for each call made to the same number from landlines on the TIM, Infostrada, Fastweb and Tiscali networks.

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