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.
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.
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.
12th March 2016 – in 2016 9,307 migrants have arrived in Italy, a slight increase compared with the 9,117 of the same period last year. The asylum requests presented between the 1st January to the 4th March of this year number 16,080: this data is provided by the undersecretary for the Interior, Domenico Manzione at a sitting of the Schengen Committee (on 9th March 2016).
8th March 2016 - CIR is seriously concerned about the agreement that the EU and Turkey are seeking to reach on the management of the refugee crisis. Once again the governments of the EU countries have chosen a short sighted approach to seek partial solutions designed with the sole aim of limiting the number of refugees arriving in European territory, without effecting the root of the problem and without planning a long-term strategy of shared responsibility. Of even greater concern is the adoption of measures that translate into substantial violations of international and European rights.
4 March 2016 - In 2015, 1.255.600 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number more than double that of the previous year. The number of Syrians seeking international protection has doubled in 2015 compared with the previous year to reach 362.800, while the number of Afghans has almost quadrupled to 178.200 and that of Iraqis has multiplied by 7 to 121.500. They represent the three main citizenships of first time asylum applicants in the EU Member States in 2015, accounting for more than half of all first time applicants.