In Limine is a project promoted by Asgi, funded by the Open Society Policy Center which has been addressing the issues of the hotspot approach, border management policies and access to asylum procedures since 2019 through field research, strategic litigation and advocacy. The goal is to structure strategies for denouncing and contrasting practices that harm the freedom and rights of foreign citizens arriving in Italy.
Since 2019, the Sciabaca and Oruka projects, respectively financed by the Haiku Lugano Foundation and by the Fondation Assistance Internationale, have been promoting strategic litigation actions, in partnership with the civil society of some states of north and central Africa, to fight violations of human rights deriving from the financing and implementation of externalization policies of borders, national, European and international policies that restrict the fundamental rights of non-European citizens, such as freedom of movement, the right of asylum.
Since 2016 ASGI has been operating in the Italian-French and Italian-Slovenian land border areas, in the Adriatic ports and along the Balkan route. Since 2018, thanks to the support of the Open Society Policy Center, these actions have become a project that promotes monitoring activities, strategic causes to counter the policies to limit freedom of movement in the Schengen area, creation of a group of Italian and foreign actively collaborate in the study of legal strategies and actions to protect the rights of foreign citizens, advocacy activities, activities in support of subjects who work in the field through technical support and training initiatives.
Projects in Italy
Funded by SIGRID Rausing Trust, since 2012 the project promotes legal support and moral suasion service against ethnic-racial and religious discrimination in Italy. The service is coordinated by a central office and operates through several territorial anti-discrimination antennas.
The project Demetra has been operating since 2020 in the Tuscany Region to develop a regional system action to combat illegal hiring, support vulnerable people and develop Social Agriculture actions.
The project is coordinated by Coldiretti Toscana and promoted by various private and public entities and it is funded by F.A.M.I.: Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020 – OS2 Integration / Legal Migration – ON2 Integration – and with the resources of the European Social Fund, National Operational Program “Inclusion” 2014-2020, Axis 3 – Investment Priority 9i – Specific Objective 9.2 .3., Sub Action III – Prevention and contrast of irregular work and exploitation in the agricultural sector.
“Pass4You – technical support for volunteer guardians”, promoted by INTERSOS and ASGI with the support of Save The Children and funded since 2019 as part of the Never Alone initiative – for a possible tomorrow, aims to facilitate exercise of voluntary protection in carrying out the procedures related to the issue of the passport for Unaccompanied Foreign Minors not seeking asylum.
SATIS – Tuscan Anti-Trafficking System Social Interventions
Since 2017, ASGI has been a partner of the SATIS project with the aim of contrasting the phenomenon of human trafficking and exploitation in Tuscany. Through a broad partnership of public and private entities, the project aims at the realization of the Tuscan system of interventions in support of the victims of trafficking and / or exploitation and at the progressive rooting of anti-trafficking services in the social and health system. The project is funded by the Department of Equal Opportunities of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
The Nomis project (New Opportunities for Foreign Minors) funded by the Compagnia di San Paolo since 2011, promotes the rights of foreign minors living in the Metropolitan City of Turin through a legal consultancy service, training on legislation aimed at voluntary guardians and operators who work with families and foreign minors in Turin and its province, advocacy actions, training interventions to open a dialogue on the issue in upper secondary schools.
The initiative, supported since 2011 by the Compagnia di San Paolo and promoted by the Observatory on Immigration in Piedmont – IRES Piemonte together with ASGI, the A.M.M.I. (Multiethnic Association of Intercultural Mediators) and the CCM (Medical Collaboration Committee), wants to improve the quality and accessibility of information for foreign citizens and for operators who deal with foreign users. Among the main objectives are 1) increasing the technical legal training of cultural mediators and operators working in the territory of the Province of Turin and 2) promoting the creation of community of practices through the use of new technologies and innovative practices of exchange of information.
Updated in March 2021