For many years, the central Mediterranean route has been the main route of migration to Europe. As such, Italy is at the center of the European refugee crisis. Refugees often reach Italy through dangerous sea voyages, even while arrivals through the Balkan route continue to grow. Italy works with international organizations and local NGOs to manage arrivals, offering temporary shelter, asylum processing, and integration programs while grappling with challenges related to overcrowded facilities and complex immigration policies. The Community Programs team in Italy is actively engaged with local nonprofit organizations, serving in the community, and developing opportunities for collecting and sharing refugee stories.


FY 2017-2021 data source: Statistica

FY 2022 data source: UNHCR


FY 2022 data source: UNHCR

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FY 2022 data source: Languages based on the official and/or most common language of arrivals’ country of origin.

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Introducing Rhenald Idubor as new Italy Community Program Coordinator

Their Story is Our Story is delighted to have Rhenald Idubor working in the role of Community Programs Coordinator in Italy. Rhenald's own first-hand refugee experiences lend tremendous insight and strength to this work of changing perceptions through stories and welcome through action. We invite you to get to know Rhenald a little better.

February 15, 2022

Is She Still a Refugee?

"The title refugee, is a badge of honor like prisoner of war or Holocaust survivor. It says something about a person’s life experience and personal strength to survive..."

January 9, 2021
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