Dienstag, 23. August 2016

San Michele di Ganzaria: The Story of a Daily Violence

“The situation here in San Michele is simply unsustainable, you have to help us do something.” It's the middle of July, and a city counselor in the small town of San Michele di Ganzaria, a few kilometres from Caltagirone, has contacted us in order to explain the conditions faced by a dozen minors who have recently been housed in a structure managed by the 'San Francesco' cooperative.

Montag, 8. August 2016

The Extraordinary Reception of Unaccompanied Minors: The Ragusa Prefecture Looks to Open New Centres

At the end of July, the Chamber of Deputies approved the legislation of a new decree related to urgent financial measures, proposing “extraordinary measures for the reception of unaccompanied foreign minors”. These emergency measures have a a decidedly unconstitutional aspect, as ASGI* has also observed in an open letter, and which practically gives a free reign for the creation of new Extraordinary Reception Centres (CAS*) for unaccompanied minors.

Mittwoch, 3. August 2016

Newsletter, June/July 2016

  • Dying in Silence: dozens of migrants continue to lose their lives at sea
  • Landings, transfers, reception: the emergency approach only produces violence
  • A minor logic: young people in flight detained, with no dignified reception
  • Parliamentary visits at Pozzallo, Mineo and Lampedusa
  • Messina: New funds for the reception system, and rumours of a future Hotspot
  • Events: Two international meetings in Palermo: “In flight from Libya, who really are the presumed boat drivers?”, a EACEA KideM project; and “Borders, Reception and Rights in Sicily and Europe”, a day of workshops and dialogue organised with the Evimed project.
  • News: a course in Global Management, an education program designed for young graduates from Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco
  • Info and contact

That Old Hotel at Geraci Siculo

Geraci, famous for the clean waters which flow from the nearby springs, has been host to an Emergency Reception Centre (CAS*) since 2011. During the North African emergency, the owners of the old Ventimiglia hotel decided to change profession and the hoteliers/restaurant owners became instead a coop which – first under state protection, and then with the Prefecture – manages an Emergency Reception Centre. And despite the fact that since 2011 the situation has remained unchanged both in terms of numbers and dynamics, in Geraci Siculo there is still an overwhelming climate of 'emergency', thanks to a state which looks the other way and abandons those have decided to live within the reception system.

Dienstag, 2. August 2016

Everyone Sit Down Please

It's not just a line for children, but also the position lived out by migrants while on board the rescue ships, while waiting their identification at the port, while in the police station for their finger prints to be taken. Sat on the ground so that we can watch over them from above. We who decide their fate.

Sonntag, 31. Juli 2016

The Reception System for Minors is Called HELL

In Sicily we have a constant feeling of total despair in relation to the practices of institutional actors, those who are meant to protect people, particularly minors, in line with national and international regulations.

The Dead: The Sea Can't Take Them Any More

The sea now leaves many of the dead on the beaches of Libya, the very same from which so many depart in search of a new life, a life which has then been denied them, men and women of all ages. In the last week some have been recovered by humanitarian vessels such as Aquarius and Dignity managed by Médecins Sans Frontières. The most recent are the 22 bodies of young women which were disembarked last week at Trapani. Women and children are the first to die in the journey from Libya to Italy, due to their position within the vessels.