20 JUNE 2013: WORLD REFUGEE DAY
PRESS RELEASE NGO “ASILO IN EUROPA”
First results of a research project on appeals to the Court
Asilo in Europa (lit. Asylum in Europe) is an NGO born in 2013. It is based in Bologna (Italy), but comprises professionals who work in the field of asylum in a number of other European countries.
One of the main aims of Asilo in Europa is to conduct research projects around issues of international protection, with a particular focus on its European dimension and the development of the Common European Asylum System.
On the occasion of the World Refugee Day (June 20th) the organisation is releasing the first results of a study it is conducting in the Court of Bologna on the appeals against refused international protection’s applications.
Since September 2010, a Territorial Commission for the Recognition of International Protection in Bologna has been in charge of examining asylum applications lodged in Emilia Romagna (the region of which Bologna is the capital city). It is possible to appeal the decisions of the Commission to the Court of Bologna (Tribunale ordinario di Bologna), which re-examines the request.
In Italy the decisions of Courts on asylum applications are very rarely studied and analysed. With this study then, Asilo in Europa aims at filling, at least partly, this lacuna.
So far, 125 Court’s decisions have been analysed. Out of those, 35 (i.e. 28%) have been positive, that is there has been a recognition of the protection which had previously been denied by the Territorial Commission.
It is important though to specify that the majority (26) of those positive results concerned individuals who reached Italy following the recent conflict in Libya, and who had been inserted in the so-called ENA