Italy: Insecurity and tension in Ivory Coast is justification for humanitarian protection

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

On 4 February 2020, The Tribunal of Genoa granted humanitarian protection to an Ivorian applicant on the grounds of the current instability in his country of origin and his relevant integration into the Italian society.

The applicant left the Ivory Coast in 2014 due to a fear of persecution on the ground of his conversion to Christianity. The Court observed that, although the case did not satisfy the requirements of international protection, the applicant fled from the Ivory Coast after finding himself in a situation of severe deprivation due to the intense political and economic tensions. The conditions in the country had worsened since 2017, with an increase of sporadic violence and uncertainty around the future of the nation. In the event of return to his country of origin, the applicant would find himself in a situation of extreme vulnerability. This vulnerability should also be assessed in terms of a potential return to Libya, where the applicant stayed in substandard conditions prior to arriving in Italy.

The tribunal further noted, inter alia, that the applicant was committed to his integration in Italy: he had committed to learning Italian and attended professional training to increase his chance of finding a job. For these reasons, the Court found that the applicant's return to the Ivory Coast presented a risk and granted him humanitarian protection.

Thank you to Francesca Zalambani, Legal Assistant at ECRE, for assisting us with the summary. Based on an unofficial translation by the EWLU team.

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