The Milanese reception system for asylum seekers and refugees is a long-standing humanitarian processing system.

Previously known as the Protection System for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (SPRAR), today the project is called the System of Protection for Holders of International Protection and unaccompanied foreign minors (SIPROIMI).

It has an aim in supporting asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants who fall under other forms of humanitarian protection. 

Once financed by the Ministry for the Interior through the National Fund for Asylum Policy and Services, since the introduction of Italy’s new security degree earlier this month the law remains unclear.

Among other articles, the new security degree casts tighter restrictions on immigration policies, and includes an article allowing for the expulsion of “clandestine” immigrants from Italy.

The policy was largely conceived of and championed by Interior Minister and leader of the League party Matteo Salvini.

Milanese Councillor for Social Policies Pierfrancesco Majorino has said that since the introduction of the new decree “the new rules” remain unclear.

“The Milanese reception system for asylum seekers and refugees, which over the years has proven to be a virtuous model for the whole country, is put in difficulty for the guilty silence of the Ministry of the Interior who, after having approved a security decree that effectively cancelled the SPRAR, failed to define the new rules, abandoning the local authorities in a limbo of uncertainties,” Majorino said.