Makeshift accommodation in Trento for over 60 homeless asylum seekers | Credit: Assemblea Antirazzista di Trento's Facebook Profile
Makeshift accommodation in Trento for over 60 homeless asylum seekers | Credit: Assemblea Antirazzista di Trento's Facebook Profile

The association Assemblea antirazzista (anti-racist assembly) of the northern Italian city of Trento has denounced that over 60 asylum seekers have been homeless for months while waiting for a place in the hosting system "amid the general silence of institutions and NGOs".

Over 60 asylum seekers have been homeless for months in the northern Italian city of Trento as they wait for housing while institutions and NGOs remain silent, the Assemblea antirazzista of Trento denounced in a statement on Monday, June 13.

"Although the legislation is clear" and asylum seekers should be given the possibility of applying for asylum within a few days following their arrival and should be provided with accommodation by institutions, "the wait is getting increasingly long," the association said.

The organization denounced that applicants who file a request need to wait for up to two month before entering the system. "As a consequence, requests for a place in a dormitory are growing exponentially," it said.

'Illegitimate practices by authorities'

The statement highlighted that practices implemented by "police headquarters and the government's commissioner are entirely illegitimate."

"Although we are aware that there is nothing new" in the situation in the province and that provincial institutions "connive with violations, we wonder why this occurs periodically and what is the real reason", it added.

The Assembly reported the story of a young man who was illegitimately denied a place to stay by the government's commissioner after he didn't answer a call because his phone was broken.

"It is a paradox that a person who asked to be hosted was left homeless because institutions couldn't find an effective way to let him know that he had been admitted, the statement noted.

The organization denounced that institutions take advantage of "each small mistake, each delay, each legitimate doubt of migrant people, who are unaware of laws that could protect them" to "put them in a difficult spot and make it hard" for them to "obtain these rights."

The association also slammed as a "paradox" the fact that a delayed answer by an asylum seeker can be "considered as an obstacle and punished in this way" while police headquarters and the government's commissioner can "hold off for several months" processing requests or releasing stay permits, "whose waiting time is about six-seven months," the statement concluded.

 

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