Number of people served: 30,830
Due to its proximity to northern Africa, Italy receives more refugees and asylum seekers than most countries in Europe, mostly coming by boat across the Mediterranean Sea. More than 100,000 migrants applied for asylum in Italy in 2017. The majority of these migrants have experienced some trauma on their journey to Italy, often led by smugglers. Italy has been overwhelmed by the number of migrants and asylum seekers, and there are few resources available for them in the country, even for those who receive refugee status.
Our work in Italy
JRS Italy (Centro Astalli) provides a variety of services to asylum seekers and refugees, such as daily hot meals, Italian language lessons, shelter, medical services, and legal support. Centro Astalli gives particular attention to the accompaniment of the most vulnerable refugees, such as those who have been victims of torture. Every day, 450 volunteers (lawyers, doctors, students, teachers, and others) help Centro Astalli to feed, advocate, integrate, teach, and accompany refugees and asylum seekers in Italy.