Rome mayor backtracks over migrant remarks

500 migrants evicted in Rebibbia amid Raggi moratorium controversy. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has backtracked on her controversial call for a moratorium of new migrants arriving in the capital, aft...

Rome mayor calls for moratorium on migrants

Grillo backs Raggi plan to close capital's Roma camps. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has called on Italy's interior ministry for a moratorium on the arrival of new migrants in the capital, citing the "...

Rome mayor pledges to close Roma camps

Raggi says Barbuta and Monachina campsites to close within two years. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has pledged to close the city's Roma camps, after having secured €3.8 million in European Union funds...

Renzi condemns murder of Nigerian asylum seeker

Outrage in Italy over hate-attack murder of asylum seeker. Italian premier Matteo Renzi has condemned the murder of Nigerian asylum seeker Emmanuel Chidi Namdi who was beaten to death in a hate att...

Migrant centre closed in Rome

Baobab migrant centre shut down by Rome authorities. The well-known migrant Centro Baobab on Via Cupa, near Rome's Tiburtina station, has been forced to close. Despite numerous petitions and appeal...

Christmas appeal for Rome's refugees

Joel Nafuma Refugees Center Christmas appeal. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) at the American Episcopal Church of Rome, St Paul’s Within the Walls, is holding its annual Christmas Gift Bag A...

Police raid Baobab refugee centre

Rome police detain 23 refugees from Centro Baobab. Rome police detained 23 undocumented refugees following a dawn raid at the volunteer-run Centro Baobab, which offers assistance to hundreds of ref...

Rome migrants help the city's homeless

Joel Nafuma Refugee Center helps homeless project. Migrants, refugees and other volunteers are joining forces to clean up areas used by Rome's homeless, at 10.00 on Wednesday 4 November, as part of...

Pope Francis offers shelter to migrants

Vatican to provide accommodation for two refugee families. The Vatican will take two refugee families currently sheltering on the Italian island of Lampedusa at the express wishes of Pope Francis w...

Rakin's story

How an Afghan refugee found kindness at Rome's Joel Nafuma Refugee Center. My name is Rakin and I am a refugee. It is difficult for me to share my story, but I feel it’s important because I want ot...

New immigrant deaths off Libyan coast

Hundreds missing. Italy's news agency ANSA is reporting that about 300 people may have been saved from a boat off the coast of Libya carrying 700 immigrants heading for Italy. The captain of the...

Protest in Rome over refugees

Arrival of migrants triggers clash between far-right protestors and police. There were violent scenes between demonstrators and police in north Rome after a bus carrying 19 refugees arrived at a mi...

World Refugee Day in Rome

Annual international event comes as refugee crisis escalates in Italy. Rome’s Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC), a ministry of St Paul’s Within the Walls American Episcopal Church, celebrates World...

Migrant Lives Matter

Rome refugee centre holds solidarity events Rome's Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) is collaborating with the Jesuit-run Centro Astalli refugee centre to hold a prayer flag project followed by an...

Italy rescues more than 2,000 migrants

Italian coastguard faces emergency off Libyan coast as Italy closes embassy in Tripoli The Italian coastguard rescued 2,164 migrants from a dozen different boats in a major operation off the Libyan...

29 migrants die of hypothermia off Lampedusa

Victims freeze to death en route to Italy At least 29 African migrants have died from hypothermia while crossing the Mediterranean in extremely cold and dangerous conditions during the early hours...

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Rome shantytown

Pontiff makes impromptu stop at shantytown en route to Pietralata Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a shantytown in Rome's outskirts on the evening of 8 February, stunning the many South Americ...

Pope appeals for calm after Rome immigrant clashes

Rome mayor in dispute with government over immigration policies Pope Francis has warned of a "social emergency" after repeated protests outside an immigration centre in Rome's suburbs have stoked...

Immigration centre attacked in Rome

Racial tensions in Rome's suburbs An immigration centre in a disadvantaged Roman suburb has come under attack for the last two consecutive nights, amid escalating racial tensions and violence in t...

Immigration, integration and racism

This article by James Walston was written before the tragedy at Lampedusa where a boat with about 500 immigrants, most from Eritrea and Somalia, caught fire and sank. Over 111 bodies have been brought...

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