Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Decree-law (n. 251 of 30 November 2007)

Legal and administrative framework


This Decree-law concerns the implementation of Directive 2004/83/EC on minimum standards to nationals of third countries or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection, as well as minimum standards on the content of the protection granted

The Decree-law defines conditions for granting the two possible international protection statuses: refugee status (art. 7- 13) and subsidiary protection (art. 14-18). The status of refugee foresees a permit of stay of 5 years renewable. It gives right to family reunification and document for Schengen movements as well as access to the labour market, study, health assistance and free movement, integration and housing. Similar rights are given to those benefiting from refugee status however it grants a permit of stay of three years only.

The Decree-law is accessible in Italian at:

The Decree-law (n. 251 of 30 November 2007) was modified as part of the so-called “Pacchetto Sicurezza” by the Decree-law (unofficial translation) 'Changes and additions to the Decree of 6 February 2007, n. 30, implementing Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of EU citizens and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States' (n. 32 of 28 febbraio 2008). The Decree-law is accessible in Italian at: