Italy is one of the worst-hit countries in the ongoing global crisis with the novel coronavirus. Being also on the frontlines of migration to Europe, many asylum seekers are now finding themselves in particular need of help, as most Italian government departments are now effectively closed because of ongoing quarantine measures.
Migrants and refugees across the EU are finding themselves having to cope with reduced access to administrative services, with most European countries under lockdown due to the ongoing situation with the novel coronavirus.
Asylum seekers in Italy are particularly hit by the situation, as the southern European country is one of the worst-hit countries by the COVID-19 crisis globally.
Migrants particularly at risk
A number of migrants in Italy have told InfoMigrant that they are suffering gravely under the current circumstances, with comments varying from food shortages and severe financial difficulties to homelessness and discrimination.
Some migrants have also cited health concerns, saying that they were worried they might be more susceptible to catching the deadly virus, or highlighting that due to homelessness or living in overcrowded facilities they might be more likely to become infected.
In the absence of access to government services, migrants in Italy might have to turn to one of the following associations to have their most basic needs met:
- The UNHCR has launched this website along with the Italian Recreative and Cultural Association ARCI, where migrants can find information on how the coronavirus might affect them in particular. They can also be reached on this toll-free number: 800 905570.
- In the capital Rome, asylum seekers can also reach out to the Baobab association, which you can find here on Facebook.
- People in the southern cities Naples and Salerno of can also receive qualified assistance by psychologists and social workers by contacting the LESS Cooperativa Sociale This is a service that reaches out in particular to people in quarantine or isolation, the elderly, dependent persons, single persons and foreign citizens. Their services include food deliveries, legal assistance and linguistic help. You can also reach them daily during business hours on the toll-free number 800 119477.
There are also various groups and associations run by the Catholic Church that you can turn to for help if you suddenly find yourself in need. Please note that these associations work on a charitable basis and don’t perform any missionary or religious work. They welcome people from all faiths and walks of life.
Via Aurelia 796
Telephone: +39 066 6177001
- Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy (Associazione Centro Astalli)
Via degli Astalli 14/a
Telephone: +39 066 9700306
- Comunita di Sant’Egidio
Piazza di San Egidio 3a
Telephone: +39 064 292929