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What other forms of social support/welfare should I know about? (Buddy systems, etc.) Who is eligible? How does someone apply?
If you applied for temporary protection and you managed to provide for your accommodation on your own, you may be eligible to receive economic support from the Italian Government. This support is of 300 euros, plus 150 euros per child, for a maximum of 3 months. Furthermore, if you are granted Temporary Protection, you can benefit from the public welfare system in Italy. The welfare system offers economic benefits to individuals and families in need - if you meet the requirements. The benefits you can access all have different requirements and they often vary from region to region, and even from one municipality to another. Learn more about your right to access the welfare system in Italy here: refugee.info .
Are there any social benefits I can claim such as child support?
If you applied for temporary protection and you managed to provide for your accommodation on your own, you may be eligible to receive economic support from the Italian Government. This support is of 300 euros, plus 150 euros per child, for a maximum of 3 months.
If you have kids, you could also be eligible to apply for the bonus Asilo Nido, which is a bonus to support you with the costs for the daycare, and for the bonus Assegno Maternità of the Comune for unemployed mums who recently welcomed a baby in their family.
Are there any social benefits for pregnant and nursing women?
Currently, there are no particular benefits for pregnant and nursing women but in Italy each ASL – Azienda Sanitaria Locale (i.e. the Local Health Authority) has its own Family Service which provides special assistance to women and children. Also you may be able to apply for a bonus for daycare for your children if you have low income.
Are there specific social supports available to me if I am elderly?
Yes. In Italy State aid for the care for the elderly is supplied by the Government and by local administrations.
One of the services available is the home care service, which can include basic nursing or rehabilitation services or more complex medical needs.
Welfare benefits are also available for Italian residents of at least 65 years of age, regardless of their tax contributions.
Are there specific social supports available to me if I have a disability?
Yes. If you have a disability, you can submit the request to INPS (the National social security institute) and the outcome will be subject to the medical assessment of the degree of disability.
INPS usually provides following economic contributions that are available also for foreigners under certain conditions:
A foreigner may be granted with the above disability economic contributions, even without a long-term EU residence permit, on the sole condition that he/she has been holding a residence permit for at least one year.
In addition to the economic benefits, there are also benefits of a non-economic nature (tax benefits, health care assistance, compulsory employment for the right of disabled people to work, etc.).
How can I help others? What volunteering organisations could I join?
If you are a private citizen, a third-sector organization or a firm, you can offer your help on the Protezione Civile platform here .
On this platform you can offer hospitality to refugees fleeing from Ukraine or select what kind of help you are able to offer (psychological support, teaching, cultural mediation). Your offer of help will be evaluated and coordinated by the emergency coordination structures.
You can also join other volunteering groups: