Five Migrants Struggle and Thrive in Italy’s Chaotic Reception System

“This is not the Europe I was dreaming of,” an Ethiopian citizen says in Internazionale’s short-film series Welcome to Italy. The young man was rescued at sea and brought to a center in Messina, Sicily, where he says he was beaten and deprived of food and water when he refused to be fingerprinted. He knew that under the “Dublin system,” identification in Italy would prevent him from applying for asylum in another EU country—an example of how the Italian reception system can become a trap.

As more and more migrants have arrived on Italy’s shores, the country’s system for receiving those migrants has grown chaotic and dysfunctional. Currently, it is a patchwork of different types of reception centers. A migrant arriving in Italy could be hosted in a huge government-run camp in the middle of nowhere, in a well-equipped urban facility, or in an abandoned building that has been turned into an “emergency reception center.” New arrivals are sheltered en masse in hotels, warehouses, and even former discos, like the one I happened to see in Sicily accommodating dozens of sub-Saharan citizens sleeping on mattresses on the dance floor.

No matter where they are placed, their asylum application is supposed to be processed within 35 days. In truth, migrants often languish in these reception centers for up to 18 months. Meanwhile, a criminal network of entrepreneurs and corrupt politicians exploits the reception system for profit: in one investigation, reputed mobster Salvatore Buzzi was taped saying, “Have you got any idea how much we can earn with immigrants? … Drug trafficking is less profitable!”

Working with a team of journalists and filmmakers, we created Welcome to Italy to depict this system through five human stories. We spent six months traveling across the country, during which we witnessed underage migrants threatened by mafia clans and asylum seekers compelled to work for poverty wages. But we also saw refugees arriving by plane instead of rickety boat, and those who have successfully found a foothold in society.

By showing both the negative and positive sides of this complex story, we aim to contribute to the debate not only in Italy, but also in the wider European context.

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If only migrants would remain grateful to the country that helps educate their young ones .
Within a span of 30-40 yrs they fight for thier rights , they demand thier rights and give another decade the younger generation join IS / Daesh / get involved with drugs or became addicts and sell drugs .
Therein lies the solution . With education you are well repatriated . Be patient and get educated .

its good and sent understandable message for developed country to do best

I AM CURRENTLY IN MILANO ITALY VISITING THE YOUTH MIGRANTS ESPECIALLY THE GAMBIAN YOUTH MIGRANTS. I HAVE MET WITH SOME FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL AT THE HELP CENTER. I HAVE ALSO VISITED THE MIGRANTS AT A LOCATION WHERE THEY SLEPT AT THE TRAIN STATION. I WOULD LIKE TO GET REGISTERED FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO BE A COORDINATOR IN THE USA, SINCE MY SENDGO ORGANIZATION IS BASED ON THE DMV DEMOGRAPHIC. I LIVED IN THE US IN MARYLAND AND HAVE CURRENTLY FLEW TO EUROPE TO SEE FOR MYSELF AND IT IS VERY PATHETIC AND SAD.

"Protect women & children!" The refugee problem is created by people who don't have a clue about assimilating another cultured people! It's a terrible tragedy for everyone! Until we change the way we think, to make the world a better place, everything will remain the same! Sir Wilhelm

It is a shame for all people and government's in Europe. We have to provide help for those people who really need help. What kind of union we are if we can't find small house for those people. I personally believe that most of those people will never left there home if there is not a war. We have to be a humans.

This horrendous and horrid treatment of migrants are complete violation of their inalienable and universal rights. Italians should have understood the plight of these migrants and treat them as humans but not beasts.

This is a nice story but unforthonatly there are another bad story. So how can make balanc to help people amd avoid crimenal from them

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