A Nigerian man has committed suicide Italy after the authorities denied him a residence permit, said a charity that had hosted him.
Prince Jerry, 25, had a degree in chemistry and was studying at the university. He had arrived from Libya aboard a boat two and a half years ago. By mid-January, his call to stay in the country had been rejected and he had "fallen into a deep depression," according to sources close to Jerry, who was staying in Tortona in Piedmont at the time of his death.
The Italian authorities refused hundreds of residence permits and started evicting migrants from reception centers as soon as the government's radical immigration measures came into effect. Approved in December Salvini Decree – named after the Minister of the Interior and head of the far-right League Matteo Salvini – abolishes humanitarian protection for people not eligible for refugee status.
"After discovering that he could not even count on the humanitarian authorization annulled by the recent decree, one of our boys committed suicide," Fr Giacomo Di Martino of the Migrantes charity said.
Father Alex Zanotelli, a member of the Comboni missionaries in Verona, described Jerry's death as "a state murder, bitter fruit of the Salvini decree, which, in addition to insecurity, generates deaths".
In October, Jawo Amadou, 22, of Gambia, committed suicide reception center in Castellaneta Marina in Taranto. His residence permit would have expired in March 2019 and his asylum application would have been rejected in 2016. In July, a 23-year-old Afghan man committed suicide in Kabul after being deported from Germany with 68 other.
"Many of the migrants and refugees we deal with in our projects have already had traumatic experiences during their trip, often accompanied by episodes of violence and torture in Libya," Lilian Pizzi, a psychologist at Doctors Without Borders in Rome. .
"When they come to Europe they are often traumatized by arbitrary policies that reduce their rights and by a climate of hatred and racism amplified by the media. And all of this exacerbates a feeling of helplessness and exclusion. "
In the United Kingdom, you can contact the Samaritans at 116 123. In the United States, the hotline for suicide prevention is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the Lifeline emergency help service is in service at 13 11 14. Lines in other countries can be found here.