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Before leaving Italy for summer holidays, read this!

Summer is a time many plan to travel abroad for holidays. Before an immigrant living in Italy decides to leave the country for holidays, there are some important rules one must be aware of in order to avoid problems at the time of return to Italy.

Those with valid Permits of Stay

Those who have valid Permits of Stay can travel home and return to Italy at anytime.

They can in fact freely transit through or go for holidays in all the Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden). Should they need to either transit through or go for holidays in a non - Schengen country, they have to check with the Embassy of that country if they need the transit or tourist visa.

Regardless of the destination, a foreigner with a valid permit who has to travel abroad must carry along a valid passport or equivalent travel document, and the Permit of Stay which is indispensable for re-entering Italy.
 

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Sanatoria: Those who didn’t comply with expulsion orders can be regularized

Ministry of Home Affairs has finally decided to regularise all illegal immigrants whose applications were rejected because they failed to comply with expulsion orders.

In 2009 the government introduced a law to regularize illegal domestic workers in Italy. It was very clear in the law that a past expulsion order was not supposed to be an obstacle to the worker’s regularization.

The law, however, didn’t clearly state that whoever had been arrested and condemned for failing to comply with an order to leave the national territory, would not be regularised, as foreseen by Immigration Law.
 

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New Returns Directive in force in Italy

It allows immediate expulsion and forced repatriation of illegal immigrants

Italian Government has introduced a rule allowing immediate removal and the use of coercive measures in order to carry out the removal of a third-country national living illegally in the country.

The Directive which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 16th June, entered into force on 24th June.

It states that if there is a risk of absconding, or if the person had applied for a legal stay but the application was dismissed as manifestly unfounded or fraudulent, or if the person is considered to pose a risk to public policy, public security or national security, forced repatriation might be preferred.
 

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Women’s football teams ‘Give AIDS the Red Card’ to keep children free from HIV

Captains of national football teams competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 soccer championship in Germany are signing up to the Give AIDS the Red Card appeal in support of a global plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015.

The Give AIDS the Red Card appeal, which was launched by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) one year ago at the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, uses the power and outreach of football to unite the world around stopping new HIV infections in children.
 

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Play key role in fighting racism, Churches told

Church leaders should play a key role in fighting racism, participants of a World Council of Churches (WCC) conference have said.

The conference which was held in Managua, Nicaragua, was sponsored by WCC in partnership with the Latin America Council of Churches (CLAI). It brought together people working with Afro-descendent and indigenous communities in the Americas and the Caribbean.
 

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