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Out of sight

Around ten thousand migrants and refugees are living in inhumane conditions in Italy because of inadequate reception policies.

Refugees and migrants live in informal settlements and have limited access to basic services. MSF calls on national and local authorities to ensure that every migrant and refugee in Italy has access to medical care and to shelter, food and clean water for the entire period that they are in Italy, regardless of their legal status.

The report ‘Out of Sight,’ is based on MSF monitoring of several informal settlements, like slums, squats, occupied buildings in Italy during 2016 and 2017.

It describes a situation in which thousands of people who are entitled to refuge and protection do not even have a decent shelter to sleep in, enough food, or access to a doctor,” says MSF advocacy officer Giuseppe De Mola.

Find out more about MSF's work in Italy.