Italy: Whether a citizen of Romania who has been granted refugee protection status from Italy can be removed if he/she is found to be employed without a work permit; whether a citizen of Romania who was granted convention refugee status in Italy in 2001 can return to Italy after an absence
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||17 September 2004|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ITA42967.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Italy: Whether a citizen of Romania who has been granted refugee protection status from Italy can be removed if he/she is found to be employed without a work permit; whether a citizen of Romania who was granted convention refugee status in Italy in 2001 can return to Italy after an absence , 17 September 2004, ITA42967.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/42df61162.html [accessed 12 March 2014]|
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A lawyer who is the head of the Refugee Unit of the Consorzio Italiano di Solidarietà (Italian Consortium of Solidarity – ICS), an Italian refugee protection organization (n.d.), provided the following information: She reported that any foreigner who has been granted refugee protection status is given an "asylum residence permit" which allows the refugee to work in Italy (ICS 16 Sept. 2004). Therefore, the refugee does not need to obtain additional documentation such as a work permit and cannot be deported "according to the non-refoulement principles stated in the Geneva Convention and recognized by Italian law" (ibid.).
The U.S. Committee for Refugees reported that refugees receive a "two-year, renewable residence permit" that allows them to work in Italy (n.d.).
Regarding a refugee's right to return, the lawyer from ICS explained that convention refugees receive a travel document that allows them "freedom of movement" to travel anywhere except to their country of origin (ICS 16 Sept. 2004).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Consorzio Italiano di Solidarietà (Italian Consortium of Solidarity – ICS). 16 September 2004. Correspondence from lawyer, head of Refugee Unit of ICS.
_____. n.d. "Protection of the Right of Asylum."
U.S. Committee for Refugees. n.d. "Italy."
Additional Sources Consulted
Internet sites, including: European Industrial Relations Observatory On-line, Migration Dialogue, Migration Policy Institute, World Immigration
The following organizations were contacted, but could not provide information within time restraints:
Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati (CIR – Italian Council for Refugees), Co-operation for the Development of Emerging Countries (COSPE), Embassy of Italy in Ottawa, Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, Românii în italia (Romany in Italy), Settore Coordinamento Servizi Sociali – Servizio Immigrati, Profughi e Nomadi, Study Centre on Immigration (CESTIM),Voice of Roma.