The Italian government has reception centres available to asylum seekers who lack sufficient financial means to meet their needs and those of their family unit. These centres are run by the Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with Prefectures and specialized NGOs/associations or private companies who directly manage the reception centers where people seeking international protection can live and receive services.
There are different types of reception centres where you may be accommodated depending upon where you are in your asylum application.
When you first arrive in Italy, you will be hosted in first-aid and assistance centres for identification and first-aid purposes. After this initial period, you will be transferred into either (i) a first assistance or temporary centre or directly into (ii) a SAI project, depending on availability of places. During the entire asylum procedure, you will be provided with accommodation in Italian territory wherever there is available place. Inside reception centres you have right to receive some important services including: social and psychological assistance, health assistance, cultural mediation, legal support and Italian language courses.