January 17 2015 – 1,091,894 migrants requested asylum in Germany in 2015, according to data provided by the German Interior Ministry. The majority originated from Syria (428,468), followed by Afghanistan (154,046), Iraq (121,662), Albania (69,426) and Kosovo (33,049). Germany was the European country that received the highest number of migrants and refugees. (Source: ANSA-AP).
14th January 2015 –Today CIR was awarded the World Engagement Award for its commitment to “making the world a better place through the promotion of social justice and global responsibility”. The prize was presented to CIR Director Fiorella Rathaus during the academic programme “Forced Migration, services to refugees and measures to combat human trafficking”, organised in Rome by the University of San Francisco.
University of San Francisco School of Management.
The italian refugee council magazine ‘cirnotizie’ returns
“CIRNotizie” (CIRNews), the Italian Refugee Council’s magazine is set to return, now every three months online. The new edition will include the report on CIR activities in 2014. Over the course of that year CIR had contact with, and in many cases provided assistance to, 9,890 asylum seekers and people requiring humanitarian and subsidiary protection.
4 January 2016– Filippo Grandi, a UN official who has worked in refugee and political affairs in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, began his five-year term as UN High Commissioner for Refugees on January 1, succeeding António Guterres whose more than 10 years in office ended last week.
22nd December 2015 - According to data provided by the President of the National Commission for Asylum, Prefect Angelo Trovato, in 2015 (data updated to 11/12) 79,900 people have requested asylum in Italy; 66,000 requests have been examined (including requests submitted prior to the period in question). 42% have received some form of protection: 5% have obtained refugee status, 15% subsidiary protection and 22% humanitarian protection. Asylum seekers have come mainly from Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal and Afghanistan.
22 November 2015 - ECRE expresses its shock and sorrow over the death of so many innocent people in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. The brutal acts in Paris were a direct assault on Europe’s way of life and its fundamental values of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and human dignity.