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Rome, 13th October 2016 – the new legislation against gangmaster labour could be approved by the Chamber of Deputies on the 17th the president of the Employment Commission, Cesare Damiano, declared to a delegation of associations accepting the petition “Stop gangmaster work” that calls for the immediate approval of the law.

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Campaign “Stop gangmaster labour, let’s cultivate legality”: as the legislative bill passes to the lower house, CIR launches a campaign for signatures

1st October 2016 – The legislative bill clamping down on gangmasters was approved by the Senate in August, now it is in the Chamber of Deputies at the joint commission for Justice and Employment. It is important to keep attention on the bill until it has been approved and finally becomes law. In light of the discussions in the Chamber, help is to reach our target of 5,000 signatures for our petition “Stop gangmaster labour. Let’s cultivate legality.” "

CIR, A Buon Diritto, Action Diritti in Movimento, Radicali Roma: Baobab. The only response provided by the institutions is forced eviction.

30th September 2016 – The Italian Refugee Council (CIR), l'Associazione A Buon Diritto, Action Diritti in Movimento and Radicali Roma express their alarm at the forced eviction in recent hours of the so-called ‘Baobab’ centre and the dramatic consequences that this may have on individuals, many of whom are pregnant women and minors, who have were staying there.

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Migrants and secret agreements: Press Conference for the Asylum Round Table, Rome 27/09

23rd September 2016 – The organizations of the Asylum Round Table (including CIR) denounce the violations of human rights and the dire consequences of the ‘secret’ agreements that the Italian government has signed with African countries on the subject of immigration, beginning with the recent deal agreed with Sudan. On this matter a press conference will be held in Rome on the 27th September at 1pm in the Sala Nassiriya in Palazza Madama, Piazza Madama 11.

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Access to the asylum procedure, Rome Police Headquarters violate the right to protection. Grave concern from the associations involved in safeguarding the rights of asylum seekers

22nd September 2016. We are extremely concerned to have learnt that the Rome police force, as of yesterday 21st September 2016, is not accepting requests for international protection from large numbers of refugees that arrive in Police headquarters in Via Patini, having postponed the possibility to apply for asylum until the 21st October.

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Asylum in the EU Member States, EUROSTAT: Number of first time asylum seekers slightly up to almost 306 000 in the second quarter of 2016 Syrians continued to be the most numerous

22 September 2016 - During the second quarter of 2016 (from April to June 2016), 305 700 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), up by 6% compared with the first quarter of 2016 (when 287 100 first time applicants were registered). With nearly 90 500 first time applicants between April and June 2016, Syrians remained the main citizenship of people seeking international protection in the EU Member States, ahead of Afghans (50 300 first time applicants) and Iraqis (34 300). They represent the three main citizenships of first time asylum applicants in the EU Member States over the second quarter 2016, accounting for almost 60% of all first time applicants. Trad more:

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