rifugiati e richiedenti asilo

In Limine (in collaboration with ASGI)



Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI), Italian Coalition for Freedoms and Rights (CILD) , Indiewatch




Government authorities

Objective of the project

To contribute to stop on-going violations of human rights of migrants on the island of Lampedusa

Context analysis

The Italian island of Lampedusa hosts one of the few national hotspots that were built to manage the inflow of foreigner people arriving through the Mediterranean sea. In January 2017 and March 2018, the Guarantor for the rights of persons detained or deprived of personal freedom pointed out that human rights of people hosted within the hotspot continue to be violated. Material and sanitary conditions of hundreds of people are reported to be extremely poor. There is no canteen and asylum seekers need to have lunch in a overcrowded room or outside, sanitary facilities have not any door, mattresses are dirty, food is of poor quality, women and children live in promiscuity with adult men. Access to legal assistance is very limited and many asylum seekers face obstacles in submitting their request for international protection. Many Italian and foreigner NGOs have left the island and there is limited coverage by the media of the quality of the reception system. All these elements result in a severe lack of transparency about the conditions of the migrants on the island. 

Lampedusa, Italy

The project was implemented on the island of Lampedusa. 

Implementation Period

01/03/2018 - 30/09/2018



  • Current migrants hosted in the hotspot


  • Future migrants arriving in Lampedusa 

Project Intervention Logic


  • Collect data and disseminate  information about access to rights 
  • Develop legal, social and anthropological analysis
  • Identify cases for strategic litigation
  • Conduct advocacy actions at the national and European level


  • Data, information and stories collected
  • Legal, social and anthropological analysis developed
  • Cases identified 
  • Advocacy actions implemented 



  • The actual access of migrants to international protection and the respect of their fundamental rights is monitored
  • Cases for strategic litigation to be taken to national and European courts are identified
  • The understanding of the legal, social and anthropological situation of migrants in the hotspot is enhanced

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