Throughout the national territory, there are local bodies making part of the System of Protection for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (SPRAR) that ensure “integrated reception” activities to asylum seekers and holders of international protection.

Any local project within the Protection System, under the provisions of integrated reception measures and besides supplying accommodation and meals, provides for social assistance activities to gain a better knowledge of the territory and access actually to local services (i.e. social and health assistance). In addition, activities are conceived to ease the learning of Italian, adult education, access to schools for minors subject to compulsory education, further legal guidance activities on the procedure for the recognition of international protection and on the duties and rights of the beneficiaries according to their status.

With the aim to assisting any individuals received along a pathway to the (re)gaining of their independence, SPRAR local projects complement integrated reception through a series of activities aiming to socio-economic inclusion of the individuals. In particular, educational and vocational re-qualification paths are conceived to promoting job placement, along with measures to support and back their access to housing services.Moreover, the System provides for dedicated projects for the reception and support of people with special vulnerability: people with disability or health (physical or mental) diseases, unaccompanied minors, victims of torture, lone pregnant women.

Under a reception approach that fosters the widest reach possible of SPRAR projects in their geographical areas and of networking, initiatives to inform and raise awareness among the citizenship on the issue of the right to asylum and the status of international protection holders and seekers are developed. June 20th, World Refugee Day is the most proper opportunity to hold such initiatives.

Authorization to access the reception centres of the System, subject to availability of total places offered, is given by the Central Service upon reporting by single local projects or third parties (prefectures, police headquarters, and associations).