Political asylum and civil rights for foreigners
Political asylum and civil rights: a particularly fashionable topic in our country.
Our international law firm specialises in advising and assisting foreigners applying for political asylum in Italy.
The regulations on the reception and protection of foreigners have changed significantly over the last 10 years, with an ever-increasing flow of foreigners seeking protection, especially if they are persecuted in their country of origin.
The current situation is as follows: our territory can receive and grant international protection and political asylum to foreigners persecuted in their country of origin for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. The condition for this to happen is one and only one: for the foreigner to be granted refugee status.
It follows that it is possible for all foreigners who find themselves in these conditions, as well as stateless persons (persons without citizenship) who, for the same reasons, do not wish to return to their country of origin, to request protection in Italy by submitting a specific request, precisely for recognition of the status that justifies international protection and political asylum.
Political asylum in Italy: how to help foreigners who are entitled to it?
Considering that more and more areas of the world are the epicentre of political, ideological, religious and military clashes, guaranteeing political asylum and international protection becomes not only right, but dutiful.
Protecting those who seek safety and refuge in the territory of the Italian Republic or in another country of the free world has become the aim of International Lawyers Associates, the associated law firm that has fully invested the high skills and specialisations of its members in the field of international law towards the admirable goal of guaranteeing respect for civil rights and maximum international protection to its clients.
Refugee Status: some clarity
As has been made clear, in order to obtain political asylum and international protection, one must be recognised as a refugee. It is therefore useful to understand what the conditions justifying the recognition in question are, which, it should be noted, takes place at the request of lawyers from highly professional law firms, such as those belonging to International Lawyers Associates.
The provisions governing the recognition in question are contained in an Italian law of 1954 that implements the well-known Geneva Convention of 1951. Some clarity is necessary, since political asylum, understood as an inalienable civil right, is not automatically granted to foreigners persecuted in their country of origin, requiring a specific prior application authorising lawyers to take care of everything necessary to obtain the protections underlying political asylum.
The rules governing the protection of this civil right are by no means easy to interpret, which is why it is advisable for anyone interested, to turn to the law firm International Lawyers Associates, which specialises precisely in the procedure for obtaining political refugee status.
This is a decisive step in obtaining the recognition in question and thus securing the desired international protection.
Who is entitled to apply for political asylum?
An application for political asylum implies the existence of a well-founded fear of persecution in one’s country of origin for reasons of:
• Race: skin colour, descent or membership to a specific ethnic group;
• Religion: atheistic beliefs, participation in or abstention from religious rites; other religious acts or professions of faith;
• Other religious acts or professions of faith;
• Nationality: understood even more broadly as belonging to a group characterised by cultural, ethnic or linguistic identity, common geographical or political origins or affinity with the population of another state;
• Particular social group: i.e. composed of members who share an innate characteristic or a common history/creation;
• Political opinion: also understood as a thought or belief that opposes the state or parties or organisations that control the state or a substantial part of the territory.
There are many people living in the conditions listed above, but even more are asylum seekers who have started to claim and protect their rights by turning to specialised law firms, including International Lawyers Associates firms. This is a commendable service like few others, because it is in the ability to ensure the protection of the defenceless that the greatness and strength of a country is measured.