Social welfare


Country Report: Social welfare Last updated: 31/05/23


Article 27 of the Qualification Decree specifies that beneficiaries of international protection are entitled to equal treatment with Italian citizens in the area of health care and social security.[1]

Social security contributions in Italy are mainly provided by the National Institute of Social Security (Istituto Nazionale di Previdenza Sociale, INPS), the National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (Istituto Nazionale Assicurazione Infortuni sul Lavoro, INAIL), municipalities and regions.

The provision of social welfare is not conditioned on residence in a specific region but in some cases is subject to a minimum residence requirement on the national territory. This is namely the case for income support (Reddito di Cittadinanza), to be paid from 1 April 2019, which is subject to 10 years of residence on the national territory out of which at least 2 years’ uninterrupted residence.[2]

This can entail serious obstacles for beneficiaries of international protection in practice, due to the difficulties in obtaining housing after leaving the reception system.

“The CJEU ruled in C-462/20 that it is contrary to EU law to give different rights to citizens and beneficiaries of international protection. The case concerned family discount cards in Italy that can be used to obtain reduced rates on goods and services, but the cards are not provided to beneficiaries.”[3]




[1] Article 27 Qualification Decree.

[2] Article 2(1)(a)(2) Decree Law 4/2019.

[3] EUAA, Annual Asylum Report (2022), available at:, 55.

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