Our work in Italy

Inadequate reception systems fail migrants and refugees

In Turin, hundreds of migrants and refugees occupy the four buildings of "Ex-MOI" (former 2006 Olympic Village) where they face harsh living conditions such as overcrowding, no heat, and frequent disruptions to water and electricity.
Italy 2019 © Giuseppe La Rosa/MSF
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Learn more about how we are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.

What is happening in Italy?

The Italian government has introduced tougher asylum and migration policies, making access to health care even more difficult for people in need.

How we're helping in Italy

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to address gaps in medical services for the most vulnerable people and challenge these restrictive policies in Italy in 2019. Learn how you can best help in Italy and other countries.

From July to November, we ran a mobile clinic in Basilicata region in southern Italy to provide health care to migrants working as daily laborers in agriculture. Most of them live in crowded, unsanitary conditions in remote rural settlements, in makeshift camps or rural squats. In five months, MSF carried out more than 900 medical consultations and over 400 consultations for legal support via partners. At the end of the year, we identified a group of local doctors to take over these activities.  


MSF projects in Italy

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In November, we closed the rehabilitation center for victims of torture that we opened in Rome in 2016. The project, run in collaboration with local partners Medici Contro la Tortura and ASGI, implemented a multidisciplinary approach. This comprised medical and psychological consultations, physiotherapy and social support for over 200 patients. Most of our patients were discharged in 2019, with the most critical (around 10) being referred to our partners or other organizations.  

Our teams continue to offer psychological first aid at disembarkation for people who have suffered traumatic events while crossing the Mediterranean. In 2019, MSF teams of psychologists and intercultural mediators assisted more than 38 people in two interventions in Lampedusa and Catania. Please donate to support our work in Italy and other countries around the world now.

Throughout the year, in Palermo, Rome and Turin, we helped around 1,060 people to access national health services, in partnership with local health authorities.