Italy must pay disability benefits to immigrants without long-term EU residence permit

by Roberta Lunghini - 2015.11.20
Italy must pay disability benefits to immigrants without long-term EU residence permit
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In Italy, disability allowance for deafness must be paid to foreigners even if they don't have a residence permit. The Constitutional Court has urged the government to take action on this, stating that denying the benefit to undocumented migrants without long-term EU residence permits, but who are legally present in the national territory, is an act of discrimination and goes against “the protection of the right to health, including access to the most appropriate means to guarantee it.” In particular because this is “a benefit that helps disadvantaged people with medical conditions or impairments that are highly disabling for their ordinary life, relationships and, therefore, for their ability to work and support themselves.

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