22 February 2015: In the third quarter of 2014, 188,395 individuals requested international protection in the EU+ area, a 39% increase over the previous quarter, according to a recent report issued by the European Asylum Support Office.
19 February 2015: The EU Commission is ready to strengthen its assistance to Italy regarding immigration. “We have extended today the activities of the Frontex joint operation Triton until at least until the end of 2015,” said EU Commissioner of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos. He continued, “we are ready to respond constructively if Italy identifies the need to step up Operation Triton’s resources.” He also noted that “today we have awarded Italy with an additional 13.7 million euros in emergency funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, to support Italy in managing the flow of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees once they arrive on our shores.”
19 February 2015: CIR’s Board of Directors voted unanimously at its last meeting on February 16th to admit Nessun Luogo è Lontano (No Place is Far Away) as an associate of CIR. Giuseppe Casucci, CIR’s Vice President, and also Vice President of Nessun Luogo è Lontano (http://www.nessunluogoelontano.it), writes more about this welcome development below.
17 February 2015: As part of RAI’s public service announcement space “RAI for the Community”, during the week of February 17th, RAI channels 1,2, and 3 broadcast CIR’s public awareness video “La Porta” (“The Door”), by Giancarlo Laffarelli, that was the winner of CIR’s first annual “Fammi Vedere” (“Show Me”) contest to portray the world of refugees and asylum seekers in short films.
24 February 2015: To mark CIR’s 25th Anniversary, CIR will present a Roundtable discussion of “The ‘Dublin System’ and the Principle of Intra-EU Solidarity” at 3:00 p.m. on February 26th at the Sala Aldo Moro of the Chamber of Deputies, with Roberto Zaccaria, CIR’s President, presiding.
15 February 2015: Twelve boats full of migrants were spotted south of Lampedusa, 100 miles offshore, in Libyan waters. Rescuers, coordinated by the Coast Guard, have been sent towards the boats, including merchant vessels, tugboats, and vessels of the Finance Police, the Navy, and the port authority.