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...

4 October a "day of tears" in Italy

Italy’s prime minister has proclaimed 4 October as a national day of mourning and Cécile Kyenge, minister for integration, has said that all schools will respect a minute’s silence...

Immigrants die in Italian waters

93 immigrants are reported dead in another tragic boat incident in Sicilian waters, the second in a week. The latest deaths occurred in a fire on a boat off the island of Lampedusa on 3 October. Re...

World Refugee Week at Rome’s St Paul’s within the Walls

In honour of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the American Episcopal Church of Rome, St Paul

Chinese community hold march in Rome

A procession is due to take place in Rome on Tuesday 10 January in memory of Chinese man Zhou Zeng and his nine month-old daughter Joy who were killed during a botched robbery in the city

Foreign population triples in province of Rome

There are over 442,000 foreign residents living in the province of Rome, with another 100,000 living in the greater Roman area, according to a report carried out by immigration officials in collaborat...

Pope welcomes gypsy communities to Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI welcomed over 2,000 members of gypsy communities to St Peter

Immigrants drown off Lampedusa coast

At least 150 immigrants on their way from Libya to Italy are now feared lost in stormy waters south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. A boat with probably about 300 people aboard, mostly of Soma...

Immigrant strike on 1 March

Foreigners living and working in Italy are striking on 1 March to draw attention to their contribution to society and protest against recent episodes of racism and discrimination. The protest draws in...

Information service for immigrants

The government has set up a telephone information line for immigrant workers and their Italian employers to provide guidance on immigration issues and especially domestic work. The service, called Lin...

Training courses for immigrants

The Istituto Romano per la Formazione Imprenditoriale (IRFI), the special training agency of Rome

Casilino 700 Roma camp cleared

The Roma encampment known as Casilino 700 in Centocelle park in east Rome has been cleared. On 11 November police began the operation to move the camp

New immigration statistics released

On 31 December 2008 there were 3,891,295 foreign residents in Italy against a total population of 60 million according to the national statistics institute ISTAT. This represents a rise of 13.4 per c...

Squatters evicted from Via Salaria.

On 9 September police evicted around 200 immigrants and homeless people squatting in a building on Via Salaria, causing heavy traffic throughout the area. The structure, a former paper museum located...

Free training courses for non-Italians.

This September the Rome branch of the Catholic relief agency Caritas will be running free training classes for non-European citizens from developing world countries who have a permit to stay in Italy...

Amnesty for immigrant domestic workers and carers.

Families employing one or more illegal immigrants to help in the home or look after an elderly relative can legalize their immigration status under new rules approved by parliament in early August. T...

New anti-immigration law passed.

Entering or staying in Italy without a valid permit of stay has become a crime offence under controversial new anti-immigration legislation approved definitively by the senate, or upper house of parli...

Centre-right divided over immigrant health.

Over 100 parliamentary representatives of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

New Rome centre for immigrant street kids.

The Save the Children Italia has opened a day centre for immigrant orphans in Rome. Located in the area of S. Lorenzo in close proximity to Termini train station, CivicoZero, Via dei Bruzi 10, is open...

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