MSF team at disembarkation in Vibo Valencia
Italy continues to be the main landing point for migrants and refugees coming to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. The Italian authorities have not developed an adequate reception system to respond to their specific humanitarian needs.

We provide mental healthcare across multiple reception centres in Sicily’s Trapani province, where a team of cultural mediators and psychologists screen asylum seekers for psychological vulnerabilities and provide care to those in need.

For migrants in transit along Italy's borders with France, Switzerland, and Slovenia, we provide medical care, shelter, psychological care, food and other essential items.

In Rome, in collaboration with Italian NGOs Medici Contro la Tortura (Doctors against Torture) and Association for Law Studies on Migration (ASGI), we run a rehabilitation centre for torture survivors.

Survivors are treated using a range of approaches, including medical and psychological care, and physiotherapy.

In 2018
Journal article

Reaching out to the forgotten: providing access to medical care for the homeless in Italy

5 Feb 2014
Journal article

MSF calls for temporary closure and evacuation of migrants centre in Lampedusa

Press Release 20 Dec 2013
Project Update

EU member states must recognise human cost of repressive migration policies

Press Release 9 Oct 2013
Homeless in Milan

MSF provides care to homeless people in Milan

Project Update 8 Mar 2013

MSF fights against neglected diseases among migrants

Voices from the Field 9 Aug 2012

Another tragedy in Italian seas after escape from Libyan war to Lampedusa

Project Update 8 Aug 2011

Seeking Refuge, Finding Suffering

Report 3 May 2011

Italy must drastically improve conditions facing refugees, asylum seekers and migrants fleeing North Africa, including Libya

Press Release 3 May 2011

Survivors of boat collapse off Lampedusa coast receive medical and psychological care

Project Update 12 Apr 2011