A migrant assisted by UNHCR personnel after landing in Pozzallo, Sicily | Photo: ANSA/Massimo Assenza
A migrant assisted by UNHCR personnel after landing in Pozzallo, Sicily | Photo: ANSA/Massimo Assenza

UN refugee agency UNHCR and the organization ARCI are providing information for migrants in Italy on government measures to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus emergency.

The platform Juma Map now includes information on how to apply for a 600-euro bonus, a baby-sitting bonus and an extraordinary leave of absence offered by the social security and pensions agency INPS in Italy due to the CODIV-19 crisis. Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with other stay permits can apply for the measures.

You can find the website here.

The platform's content is available in 15 languages: Italian, English, French, Aramaic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Spanish, Punjabi, Russian, Albanian, Somali, Urdu, Wolof, Tigrinya.

In Mid-March, the UN refugee agency UNHCR, together with the Italian Recreation and Cultural Association (ARCI), had started the special news website for foreigners on the COVID-19 emergency. This site is connected to Juma Map, an interactive online map showing services for refugees and asylum seekers in Italy.

UNHCR said in a statement on Wednesday that the website now provides information on the measures that are part of the Italian government's 'Cure Italy' decree. The decree, which also aims to trigger cash flows of up to 350 billion, acts in five areas:
  • measures to boost the health service
  • measures to support employment
  • measures to sustain liquidity through the banking system
  • fiscal measures to support households and businesses
  • measures including deferring tax and mortgage payments and helping parents with young children at home with a 600-euro bonus for paying babysitters

 
 

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