Donnerstag, 10. August 2017

Torture, rape and slavery in Libya: why migrants must be able to leave this hell - Rape, torture and slave labour are among the horrendous daily realities for people stuck in Libya who are desperately trying to escape war, persecution and poverty in African countries, according to a new report by Oxfam and Italian partners MEDU and Borderline Sicilia.

Mittwoch, 2. August 2017

The Reception System in Agrigento, Trapani and Palermo: Between Disorganisation, Chaos and Abandonment

The deadly game does not stop. Europe has found a way out, and the only consequence will be the death of an entire society. The refrain we hear everyday is of an “invasion” and “help them in their own countries”. These phrases have contributed to the return of a regurgitated racism, spreading out across our cities in a series of episodes, from Aosta to Palermo, as seen by the latest protests in Castell'Umberto and Porto Empedocle.
Protest by shopkeepers in Porto Empedocle (Provincia of Agrigento) against the opening of a centre for minors

Dienstag, 25. Juli 2017

From On-Board Police To The Ban: What's In The NGO Code Of Conduct – The new rules proposed by Italy for the NGOs carrying out sea rescues are at the centre of heated debate. But what do they say in detail? Which are the controversial points? Below is a summary.

Freitag, 21. Juli 2017

Catania: Press Conference Against The Docking Of The C-Star­, The Fascist Ship

The anti-racist groups who have circulated an open letter for the blocking of the C-Star are organising a press conference to emphasise the Catania is a city which welcomes migrants, and which rejects the arrival of the ship belonging to the Fascist group Generazione Identitaria and instead expresses its solidarity with the NGOs saving lives at sea – organisations which have been hit by a ferocious and unjustified campaign of defamation in recent months.

The press conference will be held tomorrow, Saturday 22 July at 10m, at the port of Catania, next to Dock 8.

Illustration by Guglielmo Manenti

Mittwoch, 19. Juli 2017

Young Migrants Abused: “He Can Spit Blood For All I Care”

LiveSiciliaCatania – MASCALI. Big business in the migrant reception sector – particularly of unaccompanied foreign minors – is at the centre of an inquiry opened this morning by Operation Camaleonte. On request of the public prosecutor in Catania, an order for cautionary imprisonment has been made for Giovanni Pellizzeri – 56, employee of the provincial health service, former mayoral candidate in the last elections in Mascali – as well as his son, Mario Pellizzeri, 29, and Isabella Vitale, 48, the businessman's right arm. They are accused of the crimes of corruption, abuse of minors and forgery.

Giovanni and Mario Pellizzeri

The Migrant Business: More Than €143,000 Per Day, Managed By An Archipelago Of Cooperatives – The former Regional Aide for Families, managed of the Ippocrate in Enna: “We're only left with €3 per resident.”

In front of the gates to the former hotel 'Canguro', the locals of Castell'Umberto point their fingers above all at them: the cooperatives. “They make money and we take the migrants” is the phrase passing through the crowd.

Migrants hosted at the hotel 'Sinatra' (Lapresse)

Migrant Sicily Newsletter, June 2017

  • A system which ignores human dignity: from the landing procedures to the reception centres 
  • Guilty of solidarity. The campaign of criminalising giving assistance to migrants continues 
  • The 'ad lib' reception system for foreign minors: making a buck from the youngest 
  • Out of sight, out of mind: a visit to the “Mondonuovo” extraordinary reception centre at Testa dell'Acqua (Syracuse) 
  • Deportations from Lampedusa continue, while the situation in the Hotspot worsens 
  • News: Trapani, the Hotspot were 5 migrants arrive every hour (since December 2015). The tin-city for migrants at Messina-Bisconte nears completion 
  • Events: Controversies in European Migration Policy: Conceding protection vs. border security (KideM). The launch of the Threadable crowdfunder, a social enterprise transforming histories of exclusion through ethical clothing 
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