People have been systematically pushed back at the Italian-French border by French police – often with violence, inhumane treatment as well as arbitrary detention – and left without adequate shelter and with limited access to healthcare in Italy.
MSF calls on Italy, France, and other European countries to implement all necessary measures to prevent further harm to vulnerable people in transit, and to put an end to systematic and indiscriminate pushbacks.
In a new report Denied Passage - The continuous struggle of people on the move pushed-back and stranded at the Italian-French border, MSF documents the conditions reported by hundreds of people transiting in the city of Ventimiglia, in Northwest Italy, and attempting to cross the border towards European countries.
Between February and June 2023, our teams, who run a mobile clinic in Ventimiglia to assist individuals in transit, provided medical treatment or orientation to services to 320 patients. Among them, 215 patients reported acute conditions, including skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, as well as musculoskeletal complaints and injuries, while 14 had chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. We also offered health promotion as well as socio-medical group sessions to 684 people.