Crime and Court news / Foreign relations

Strasbourg human rights Court limits transfer of asylum seekers to Italy

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that, before transferring any asylum seeker to Italy in the framework of the Dublin Regulation, a State should require from Rome specific guarantees on how and where the asylum seeker will be hosted.

The ruling was triggered by “deficiencies” in the Italian reception system. According to the Court, such “deficiencies” are not “systemic” and therefore the transfer of asylum seekers to Italy was not completely forbidden as it had happened for Greece in a previous judgement.

Given the overload of the Italian reception system, the risk is that the judgement could be exploited by the Italian Authorities to refuse the transfer of asylum seekers rather than ameliorate the reception system.

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