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The drama of migrants in the Mediterranean, satisfaction for CIR as “Fire at Sea” by Gianfranco Rosi wins the Golden Bear

21st February 2016 – Great satisfaction for CIR for the Golden Bear for Best Film won by Gianfranco Rosi at the Berlin Film Festival for his work Fire at Sea, a docu-film shot over one year in Lampedusa that narrates the ongoing drama of migrants’ attempts to cross the Mediterranean. Receiving the award the director said, “ my deepest thoughts are with all those who never made it to Lampedusa, those who died” (…) “the walls and barriers have never worked, especially when they are mental barriers. We must understand that it is not acceptable that people die crossing the sea to escape from tragedies”.
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RefAid platform and mobile app launched today to give aid organizations (also CIR) and refugees live data about what aid is available

16 February, 2016 - Trellyz announced today the launch of the Refugee Aid App platform, RefAid ( In response to the growing refugee crisis in Europe and the need for greater coordination among aid organizations that are stretched beyond way beyond their limit, RefAid was created to transform the way aid is delivered. It will increase efficiency by making aid locations available to refugees on their smart phones through a location based mobile app.

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10th February 2016, comment on the Progress Report on the enactment of the European Agenda on Migration

10 february 2016 - CIR is extremely disappointed by the document presented by the European Commission. Faced with the largest refugee crisis in Europe in 65 years the Commission insists on responses that have already proved to be largely ineffective and fails to say anything about the drama that tens of thousands of asylum seekers continue to experience, in particular in Greece and in the Western Balkans, and the continuing tragedy in the Mediterranean, where in the month of January 2016 alone 368 human lives were lost, a growing number of which were those of children. None of the measures proposed by the Commission appear useful to prevent the repetition of such tragedies nor do they provide a solution for those people trapped between two closed borders within the continent.

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“Bridges not Walls. Guaranteeing access to protection in Europe” debate and presentation of the publication in Rome on 9th February

4th February 2016 – On 9th February CIR, in collaboration with Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), will organize a debate and the presentation of the publication “Bridges not Walls. Guaranteeing access to protection in Europe”, financed by Unipol Gruppo Finanziario.

9th February at 3.30pm at SIOI in the conference room in Piazza di S. Marco 51.

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Statelessness, CIR launches the project “Listening to the sun” with the support of Open Society Foundations, and the campaign #NonEsisto (‘I don’t exist’)

31 January 2016 - In Italy it is estimated that 15 thousand people do not have the possibility to study, marry, work, possess official documents or enjoy full rights. In Europe there are 600,000 people living in limbo. These people have lost, or never had, citizenship in their country of origin: they are the stateless. Such a condition is more like a prison sentence in a country like Italy, where the recognition of the status of stateless people is practically impossible due to the multitude of inaccessible official procedures. In fact, only 606 people are officially recognised as stateless by our country. The others, in official terms, remain completely invisible.

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Denmark, CIR reaction to the new regulations for the reception of asylum seekers

27th January 2016 – The regulations approved by the Danish Parliament that allow for the confiscation from asylum seekers of personal possessions with a value in excess of 1,300 euros, recall the period that tarnished European history and the atrocious violations of human rights that occurred at that time. The Danish legislation brings to mind both the Nazi’s confiscation of Jewish possessions and the countries that demanded money in return for protection. This is a shameful law from a material point of view and even worse for it symbolic value. Furthermore, it coincides with a strict tightening of Danish laws concerning family reunification.

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