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

MSF assists the five survivors - 73 feared dead - of boat tragedy in Lampedusa, Italy

Project Update 25 Aug 2009

One refugee describes his attempts to find a better life

Voices from the Field 13 Jul 2009

MSF activities resume in Lampedusa, Italy

Project Update 28 Apr 2009

Healthcare under threat for undocumented migrants in Italy

Press Release 28 Jan 2009

Migrant workers in Calabria suffering intolerable living and working conditions

Press Release 18 Dec 2008

MSF forced to leave the island of Lampedusa, Italy, after six years of activities

Press Release 31 Oct 2008

MSF calls on all participants to improve the conditions for migrants arriving on the southern shores of Europe

Press Release 11 Jul 2008

Lampedusa shipwrecks - and the number of victims continues to increase

Project Update 12 Jul 2007

Migrants employed in agriculture in southern Italy continue to work and live in deprivation and unhealthy conditions

Press Release 30 Jan 2007