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Italian Liaison Officer

A new UK liaison post was established within the Italian Interior Ministry to help solve operational issues and to overcome the cultural and language barriers, thereby improving cooperation between the two countries on the practical implementation of Dublin II Regulation.

Project dates 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2012
Total budget€222 471
EU contribution50%
Name of the entity managing the projectUK Border Agency
CountryUnited Kingdom

Project Description

The Dublin Regulation is an agreement between EU Member States that ensures that an application for asylum within the EU is only handled by one country, and sets out guidelines on how to establish which country is responsible. The Regulation requires EU countries to collaborate closely, which was facilitated in the case of this project with the creation of a liaison post within the Italian Interior Ministry. The post supports greater understanding of the British and Italian systems, and is improving the general sharing of information and best practice on asylum and immigration between the two countries. 

The project also supports the establishment of links and processes between UK and Italian authorities, care providers, and charities to facilitate the sensitive removal and transfer of care of unaccompanied children and families.

Benefits and results

Since January 2011, the project has facilitated the return of 28 refugees to Italy and has had an impact in over 270 potential removals to Italy, in accordance with the Dublin Regulation.

Both the UK and Italy have gained a better understanding of the system, pressures and preferences. The project promoted the exchange of best practice and knowledge, thereby improving the efficiency in international dealings between the two countries. This increased efficiency benefits the returnee, by reducing the amount of disruption and the period of time spent in detention during the return process.

The new liaison post has proved to be a successful and effective communication channel between the two countries. It has enabled two systems to overcome cultural and linguistic gaps in this specific field, resulting in better cooperation between the British and Italian governments in the management of removals under the Dublin Regulation.

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