International Napoli Network (INN) is a worker-run service cooperative founded in March 2015. The primary objective of INN is to integrate the local network of NGOs, associations and social enterprises with an expanding international network of volunteers.
Our vision is to promote international volunteerism, local associations and social enterprises by strategically matching international volunteer with local talents and creative thinking. Our goal is to function as an incubator of innovative ideas and projects that can have a positive impact on Naples and the surrounding region. To that purpose, we are constructing a community of social innovators - an international network that combines the energy and passion of volunteers from all over the world with the knowledge and skills of local NGOs, associations and social enterprises.
Organisations that work specifically with migrants and refugees in Naples, generally have limited resources and
rely heavily on local and international volunteer support to run their various initiatives. These organisations
require volunteer support in a wide variety of activities such as administration, organising and running skills and
community workshops (e.g. English language support, computer, sport, music, CV writing), supporting migrants
with their daily activities and needs, cleaning, food distribution, event organisation, research, communication and
outreach. Daily volunteer tasks vary as required by the organisation in which volunteers are placed and
according to their current initiatives. Volunteers who have relevant experience, may have the opportunity to
become involved in counselling and legal support to migrants seeking humanitarian asylum.
Since the beginning of the millennium the Sicilian coast has become the destination of makeshift boats filled with
people fleeing conflict and persecution. They cross the seas in inhumane conditions, often in the hands of
traffickers, transforming the route across the Mediterranean into a silent massacre.
In 2012, following the revolts of the “Arab Sping”, Italy's shores have received 63.000 migrants, mostly from
Tunisia and Libya. However, the most significant rise was in 2014, with the arrival of 170.000 people.
growth was primarily due to the rise in conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, mainly from the war in Syria.
By the end of 2014, the number of total refugees in Italy was 93.715, with another 45.749 asylum requests
pending. In that year alone, the number of asylum applications was 63.700. The majority of these asylum
seekers came from Mali, followed by Nigeria, Gambia and Pakistan, although the largest number of arrivals that
came to Italy were Syrian nationals or Eritrean. In fact, the number of arrivals by sea in 2014 was greater than
the number of asylums claims. This is because many preferred to continue their journey to apply for asylum in
another country in search for greater prospects of integration. [Source: UNHCR]
To date, the number of foreigners who have arrived in Italy between 1st January 2016 and 24th July 2016 were
88.351 and the national system of reception is currently in charge of 138.000 migrants, a significant increase
compared to the 103.792 recorded in 2015. One of the biggest problems is the number of unaccompanied
minors, which in 2015 was 12.360. By mid 2016 this figure had already been reached. In the lead arrivals are
from Nigeria (17%), followed by Eritrea (13%), Gambia, Ivory Coast and Sudan (7% overall). [Source: Italian
There are different forms of protection that can be granted. Two of these, refugee status and subsidiary
protection status, are included under international protection and are provided respectively by international law
and European Union law.
Those entitled to the status can expect to receive a residence permit for five years, which guarantees them a
number of rights relating to employment, education, and health and social care.
All foreigners who intend to request protection by the Italian State, even if they have entered Italy through
underground means and do not possess any documents, can submit an application and also access the
procedure to gain international protection status.
The Territorial Commission for the recognition of international protection is responsible for deciding the outcome
of applicants. Each applicant has a right to an individual interview with the Territorial Commission. The hearing
allows the applicant to tell their own personal story and the reasons why they can no longer return to their
countries of origin. If the application is refused, they may appeal within thirty days of the decision being
The system of reception of immigrants in Italy is structured in stages and provides different facilities depending
on the functions and categories of the persons accommodated. Every reception centre has its own
organisational model and different lengths of residence. Asylum seekers have the right to reside on Italian
territory under reception conditions for the entire duration of their application procedure.
In the second phase of reception, those who have already submitted their application for asylum are hosted in
the facilities that make up the System of Protection for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (SPRAR). These centres
offer meals and accommodation, assistance, guidance and information to accompany and promote their
independent path of socio-economic integration. These measures of reception are insured for the asylum seeker
for the entire duration of the evaluation of their application, even in cases where they appeal a negative verdict.
In the case of a positive outcome, the applicant may stay in these centres for a further six months aimed at
facilitating their process of social integration.