19 Nov RIGHTS AND BENEFITS OF A REFUGEE AT AN EXTRAORDINARY RECEPTION CENTRE
Let us be clear on the Extraordinary Reception Centers
Article 1 of the Convention, as modified by the 1967 protocol, establishes the following definition of refugee: “A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
What do the €21 per guest per day mean?
The staff of an Extraordinary Reception Center receives a reimbursement of €35 per guest per day from the Italian government through the local institutions (maximum amount on the basis of an auction; can be lowered in accordance with the discount applied by the manager of the center);
the guests receive €2,5 per day which allows them to make small personal purchases.
The daily contribution to the managers must be used to offer the asylum-seekers a series of services such as:
material hosting (room and board, clothes, personal hygiene products etc.)
linguistic-cultural mediation (Italian language courses: 10 hours per week)
legal protection (through specialized lawyers)
social, psychological and medical protection (in cooperation with the responsible public services)
guidelines to the services of the territory
Moreover, this contribution covers all the expenses of the staff working with the guests. Additionally, 60 days after the request for international protection, every person can be hired like any other European citizen.