Freedom of movement


Country Report: Freedom of movement Last updated: 31/05/23


Refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, and applicants for international protection, can freely circulate within the Italian territory.[1] If beneficiaries of international protection are not accommodated in reception centres (by choice, revocation of the reception measures or end of the period of reception foreseen by law), they can settle in the city or town of their choice.

If accommodated in a government reception centre, beneficiaries of international protection could be requested to return to the structure by a certain time in the early evening. More generally, in order not to lose the accommodation, beneficiaries of international protection are not allowed to spend more than a certain amount of days outside of reception structures without authorisation (see Reception Conditions).

Once and if beneficiaries of international protection obtain a place in a SAI project, they must necessarily accept the place assigned to them, even if it implies moving to another city. If the assigned place is refused, the beneficiary definitively loses the right to be accommodated in a SAI reception centre.




[1] Pursuant to art. 6(6) TUI, besides what is established in the military laws, the Prefect can prohibit third country nationals from staying in municipalities or in places that interest the military defence of the State. Such prohibition is communicated to third country nationals by the Local Authority of Public Security or by means of public notices. Those who violate the prohibition can be removed by means of public force.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation