Assistance to migrants in Sicily

Italy - Southeastern Sicily




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In Sicily, providing assistance to migrants arriving in Italy via Libya.

In 2016 alone, more than 180,000 migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Italy. More than 5,000 people have died or lost their lives in the Mediterranean, trying to reach the mainland.

In the ports and first reception centres

After our initial interventions in the port of Syracuse and near the “Umberto I” First Reception Centre, we expanded our presence on the island, at the request of Prefecture and local healthcare organisations, in order to respond to the increasing number of landings.

So we also started to work in the ports of Augusta, Catania and Messina to offer primary care to migrants immediately after arrival. We see cases of dehydration, common cold, influenza, bronchitis, gastrointestinal problems, muscle aches, and dermatological problems, often resulting from travel conditions. But there are also more serious diseases: malnourishment, those with chronic ailments who could not follow their regular therapies and many people in shock after the crossing.

In the centres for unaccompanied minors

EMERGENCY staff also work in the Unaccompanied Minors’ Centre in Priolo and in Frasca’s CAS (Extraordinary Reception Centre) in Rosolini, in the province of Syracuse. Our work in the Siculiana Reception Centre, in the province of Agrigento, ended on December 31, 2017.

Along with healthcare staff – doctors and nurses – we also have cultural mediators who help track the socio-sanitary needs during landings and are available to inform incoming migrants of the administrative and legal paths to be taken.

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