How the Salvini Decree affects your right to stay in a center

Recently, Italian authorities have been evicting an increased number of migrants from centers, and some of you have been asking us why. The short answer: The Salvini Decree, which is now law, has changed who has the right to stay in reception centers.

We asked lawyers at our legal partner, the Associazione Studi Giuridici Immigrazione (ASGI), for more details, and here’s what they shared with us.

I have been evicted — why did this happen?

Under the new law, your right to reception — in other words, your right to stay in a center — depends on which permit you hold.

Below you can find out whether, under the law, you can stay at a SPRAR, CAS or centri governativi di prima accoglienza (government first reception center in English, which includes CARA and other governmental camps).  

Please note that the following table shows what you’re legally entitled to, but may not be your experience in practice. If you have a different experience, you can let us know by sending us a message on Facebook.

Who can stay where?

** “A limited time” means until the funding cycle for your center finishes. You can ask your camp manager and/or operators when this will be.

If you have humanitarian protection and you are staying at a CAS or CARA center, unfortunately under the new law the center will not extend your stay and will evict you as soon as your center closes or its funding cycle ends. Your stay at the center cannot be extended even if the center receives a new round of funding. This is also the case if you’re waiting to be transferred to a SPRAR center, as you are no longer eligible to stay in SPRAR centers.

What do I do now?

If you can no longer stay at a reception center and aren’t able to pay for accommodation, you can go to the comune of the town or city where you submitted your asylum application and ask for help finding housing.

The comune is required, under the law, to help you look for a place to stay, but it is not required to actually find you a place to stay. It may provide you with some kind of accommodation, giving priority to vulnerable people, including women with children.

We are closely following developments related to the Salvini Decree and will post any updates as soon as we have them. If you have any doubts about your situation at a camp or center, try speaking with the managers or operators for more information.

If you have any other questions, you can always message us on Facebook.