Foreign citizens filing stay permit requests at a Rome post office | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO
Foreign citizens filing stay permit requests at a Rome post office | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

Two Italian NGOs have filed complaints against the Rome police headquarters. Police are reportedly not issuing stay permits to foreigners without a stable residence. The NGOs say that this is illegal.

The Italian Refugee Council (CIR) and the organization A Buon Diritto have filed two complaints at a court in Rome against the police headquarters for "violating the rights of [people who have been] granted international protection by de facto impeding many of them from renewing their stay permits."

They noted in a statement that in one of the cases, the judge has already ordered the Rome police headquarters to immediately issue the stay permit. 

'Seeing illegitimate practices for months' 

Valentina Calderone, the director of A Buon Diritto, said."We have been seeing an illegitimate practice for months. The Rome police headquarters has decided not to renew permits of stay for people granted international protection [who do not have] a stable residence or for whom it is impossible to prove a 'real' or legal residence, such as those without a regular rent contract."  

She said that in Rome, the town council decided "that the address Via Modesta Valenti is the address to be used for all those without a stable residence, but the police headquarters decided on its own that registration at false addresses means that these people cannot be found and that this [violates] the need for public order and security." 

Behavior of police 'against constitution' 

This decision by the Rome police headquarters, in the eyes of CIR director Mario Morcone, violates "the Constitution, the public registrar law, immigration law, and interior ministry circulars."

He said: "The absence of an 'actual residence' cannot justify in any way the non-issuing of stay permits, or a delay in the conclusion of the administrative procedure.'' 
 

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