Mittwoch, 30. November 2016

Return to Hell

It's the first time I've come to this hell hole. I live in Brescia, where I was working along with my father, but since the crisis we haven't been able to survive. We lost our street vendors' permit and my father got ill. We live in a slum, and I've been going round Italy working on the land. Some of my friends told me to come to Campobello for the olive harvest and earn some money, but instead I've found myself sleeping in this place, finding it difficult to eat because I've got no money, and what's more I have to work the whole day to earn just €20, because they work you to the bone down here.”

A Future Deferred: Visit to an Extraordinary Reception Centre in the Province of Trapani

As you enter the “Vulpitta” CAS* in the Province of Trapani, it feels a little disturbing knowing that this was once the “Vulpitta” Temporary Stay Centre (CPT*), one of the first detention centres for migrants. It was here that, 17 years ago in December, six Tunisian men died in a fire which tore through the structure after a break out was heavily repressed by the police. That centre was a trailblazer for many other situations in which migrants continue to live. The new CAS shares the name of the old CPT (which then became a Identification and Expulsion Centre, CIE), as well as its proximity to a group of bars which are gathered behind the former hospice, which is still closed and falling down.

Montag, 28. November 2016

They're Not People, They're Moroccans!

We have taken some time to write about what happened in Palermo around three weeks ago, when the Coast Guard vessel Dattilo brought 1,048 migrants into Palermo. It has taken some time to digest the violations adopted as a systemic, inhuman practice, and above all we were concerned with providing some relief and support to those who are otherwise forgotten, to those who Italy and Europe considers as worth less than animals. We can write about it now by starting from the anonymous letter which was provided to us by a volunteer present at the port.

A Reception System Which Only Benefits the Few: A Visit to the Centre of First Reception for Minors at Castiglione di Sicilia

State of emergency”, “exceptional” and “extraordinary” measures: those words so frequently associated with illegal practices carried out without any check and controls, but which seem to be the only method used for years to run the so-called “welcoming” system in Italy. The Extraordinary Reception Centres (CAS*) are but one example of this, another being the First Reception Centres (CPA*) which for years now have become part of the “ordinary” character of the migrant reception system. For ever more people, the possibility of having professional figures throughout the procedure for getting documents, and during insertion into a host community, has simply disappeared.

Freitag, 18. November 2016

Migrant Sicily Newsletter, October 2016

  • Commemorating the Victims, Shutting Out the Survivors: Fortress Europe's Crocodile Tears
  • Sicily: An Improvised Reception System Producing Inhumane Detention and Illegal Practices
  • Militarised Coasts and Invisible Borders: The Fatal Tools of a Europe Turning Its Back on Migrants
  • News and events
  • Information and contacts

Dienstag, 15. November 2016

Market Commodities: Unaccompanied Minors Fleeing Without Any Protection

“I got out of Italy. Now I'm in a safe country.” 'A's message arrives early in the morning, a young Eritrean man who we met at Pozzallo and then followed throughout his first month at a centre for minors in the province of Syracuse. From the moment he arrived, 'A' had continued to repeat the first sentence he heard in Italian: “You are in Italy, a safe country.”

Market Commodities: Surviving in a System of Rejection

'A's story can be found repeated in many other places in Sicily, a story which includes not only minors but also women and men who have been here for many months and “rejection” from the very centres that were meant to welcome them. In the last few weeks more than 1,000 migrants arrived at the port of Catania, 850 on Sunday alone, on board the Bourbon Argos, and 288 a few days later, along with 20 bodies.