Number of people served: 30,830
Each year, Italy receives more refugees and asylum seekers than any other country in Europe, mostly coming by boat across the Mediterranean Sea. Almost 50,000 migrants are living without status in Italy, almost half of whom have applied for asylum.
The majority of these migrants have experienced some trauma on their journey to Italy, often led by smugglers. Italy has been overwhelmed by this number of migrants and asylum seekers, and there are few resources available for these migrants in Italy, even for those who receive refugee status.
Our work in Italy
Centro Astalli (JRS Italy) is the Italian section of the Jesuit Refugee Service – JRS.
For 40 years it has been engaged in activities and services that have the objective of accompanying, serving, and defending the rights of those arriving in Italy fleeing wars and violence, often including torture. Centro Astalli is also committed to making people aware of who the refugees are, their stories, and the reasons that brought them here.
The support to refugees and the sharing of their experiences are at the center of all the services of Centro Astalli, from those of first reception (for refugees who have recently arrived in Italy) to the activities of awareness and the commitment to advocacy, which aims to change unfair policies at a local, national or international level. 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.
Every day about 500 volunteers (lawyers, doctors, students, teachers, and others)are involved in Centro Astalli services, activities, and projects dedicated to helping and accompanying asylum seekers and refugees.