A migrant waits to disembark from the Spanish ship 'Rio Segura' in the harbor of Salerno, Italy, June 29, 2017 | Photo: ANSA/Ciro Fusco
A migrant waits to disembark from the Spanish ship 'Rio Segura' in the harbor of Salerno, Italy, June 29, 2017 | Photo: ANSA/Ciro Fusco

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed concern over the Italian law on immigration and security because contained within the decree is a concept which labels even children as a potential ‘social danger.’

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child said it is concerned about the concept of 'social danger' being extended to children, as contained in the immigration law that went into effect in Italy as part of the so-called security decree. 


The Italian law number 132 dating from December 2018, according to the UN, "contains measures aimed at suspending asylum procedures for people, including children, who are considered socially dangerous or recognised as guilty of crimes." The decree "will allow [a] stopping procedure for asylum requests." 

The concept of social danger, as introduced by the new law, is "very dangerous and broad, and can be interpreted arbitrarily", said Hynd Ayoubi Idrissi, an expert with the UN Committee who holds a PhD in human rights. "The concept of social harmfulness will allow for stopping the asylum request procedure and also that of international protection, presented by a person considered 'socially dangerous'," including children, Idrissi said. 

The UN Committee said the text of the law also contains a measure "on humanitarian protection, with a system of special permits in rigorously defined circumstances, for the increase from 90 to 180 days of detention for migrants, and reduces the reception and integration system for refugees, including unaccompanied minors." 
 

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