Find out about our work inside Italy
Italy is currently hosting 175,000 refugees. A daily average of 600 men, women and children arrive to Italy having made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya, North Africa.
Last year, only 2% of refugees who applied for international protection in Italy were granted asylum; over 60% of displaced individuals were offered no protection at all. As thousands are shut out and denied access to the system, increasing numbers are forced to live on the streets or find themselves working in very exploitative conditions.
Men are pressured to pick fruit and veg in the Sicily’s extreme heat for almost no money and women are trafficked into prostitution and have to deal with the associated physical and psychological abuse.
Help Refugees are supporting our local partners who strive to build community resilience and cultivate refugee’s emotional strength; these organisations compassionately support refugees as they take on the bureaucratic nightmare that is Italy’s migrant response.
Whether creating integration pathways by digging vegetable allotments, facilitating IT classes or organising trips to Rome’s Colosseum, through supporting our partners, we aim to equip refugees with the tools to enable them to build relationships and empower them to navigate life in Italy.