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

Decree-law (n. 189 of 30 July 2002)

Legal and administrative framework


The Decree-law, also known as Bossi-Fini, was implemented by the Presidential Decree 303/2004. The Decree-law decentralised the procedure for the recognition of status of refugee through the creation of Territorial Commissions and created a simplified procedure. The procedure was amended by the implementation of the EC directive 2005/85/EC through the Legislative decree 25/2008 but maintained the crucial role of Territorial Commissions and the decentralised system for the determination of the international protection status. The Legislative decree 25/2008 gave the National Commission for the Right to Asylum (Commissione nazionale per il diritto di asilo) a coordinating role and responsibility for revue and revocation of the status of international protection. 

The Decree-law also introduced the national system for reception, known as “Sistema di protezione per richiedenti asilo e rifugiati” (SPRAR). On the basis of this system, the Italian government may create private-public partnership projects, on which resettlement projects found their internal legal foundations.

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Decree-law (n. 189 of 30 July 2002) in Italian