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

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

MSF claims sanitary conditions in Lampedusa, Italy, below humanitarian standards

Statement 1 Apr 2011
War and conflict

Support to health facilities in the Middle East and North Africa

Project Update 23 Mar 2011
Sexual violence

MSF denounces the sexual violence against migrants travelling to Europe

Report 25 Mar 2010

Violence in southern Italy exposes extreme neglect and exploitation of seasonal migrant workers

Press Release 12 Jan 2010
Project Update

MSF urges European governments to respect life, dignity and healthcare of migrants and asylum seekers

Press Release 16 Dec 2009

MSF fears for migrants forced back to Libya

Press Release 19 Nov 2009