Asian Families Face Evictions In Italy

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14 Jun 2013 08:00

Technically, it's called “arrearage innocent”: indicating people will be evicted because with their scarce income they are unable to pay the rent.
The families with many members are the most vulnerable; families of up to 6 often live in a 40 square meter apartments with little or no means to apply to public housing to relocate.
While social emergency demands increase rapidly, just in the city of Milan 5.000 public houses remain empty, waiting to be surveyed and put in condition to be inhabited.

The Mauhay family is from Philippines. Arnold, Mardy and their children Adrian, Alessa and Angel, were living in a house in the north of Milan. The building was very badly maintained, the stairs had no lights and the dangerous electric wiring affected their house. After their eviction they are living in a hotel with the support of the municipality.

Kumara and Mary are from Sri Lanka. They, as many others, are victims of the illegal rent black market. As they are undocumented migrants it is impossible for them to register without permits for a housing contract. When they tried to ask the owner to give them a proper lease, he increased the rent. They were unable to pay and soon after received an eviction notification. Now Kumara is living in his car, and Mary is hosted in protection housing with their son, Nathaka.

During the realization of this project I've built a close relationship with several families. In the beginning I tried to follow their stories from the notification to the eviction, but when the police and the legal officer avoid me to take photos during these moments, I had to focus my attention on other aspects of their stories, like details that could reveal the dramatic experience they were experiencing. After the eviction, in fact, some families went to hosting structures, another part moved to hotels with the support of the municipality, while many others had no other choice but to sleep on the streets while they wait for a public social house, to which they are entitled.

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Asians under eviction in Italy
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara Serasinghe in the car where he is sleeping after he has been evicted.

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Italy Under Eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Mary and Nathaka Serasinghe in a foster home, where only women and children can be accommodated.

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Italy Under Eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

After the eviction, the municipality social service relocated Mary and her son Nathaka to a foster home. The social worker explained that the law is for the protection of the child. This forces them to settle without Mary's husband in the housing.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Serasinghe family in the metro station after being evicted.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Serasinghe family are going to the municipality office that deals with the housing project and the evictions.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara and Nathaka Serasinghe wait as an official hands them eviction documents.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Mary and Nathaka Serasinghe were born in Sri Lanka, they met in Milan and married in their native land. Speak little Italian, even if they live here for eight years, and now have a child, Nethaka. Since he was born in the small are list for the allocation of public housing.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara, Mary and Nathaka Serasinghe used to live in a 40 sq.m. two-room apartment, paying 600 euro for month. Mary is out of work and Kumara is a day laborer in a store in the outskirts of Milan. For legal immigrants, in fact, the registration of the lease is required to obtain residence and renewal of the "residence permit". When they applied for registration of the contract house's to get the "residence permit" of Mary, the owner increased the rent, at which point they are no longer able to pay the rent and arrived the notice of eviction.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara and Mary Serasinghe are from Sri Lanka and they came in Italy eight years ago. They are, as many others, victims of the illegal rent black market. It is estimated that in Italy between 500 thousand and one million apartments are rented in black, resulting in a high tax evasion. For legal immigrants, in fact, the registration of the lease is required to obtain residence and renewal of the residence permit.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Mauhay’s two-room apartment. Five of them used to sleep in this room; Adrian, the oldest son, slept in the living room.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family, including Arnold, Mardy and their children Adrian, Alessa and Angel, were living in a house in the north of Milan. The building was very badly maintained. The stairways had no lights and their was dangerous electric wiring. After their eviction, they are now living in a hotel with the support of the municipality. This is the Mahuay brothers inside the hotel. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The municipality pays for a hotel accommodation only when the evicted families ask for an emergency procedure. If their request is judged positively, then they receive a temporary accommodation.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family are going in a hotel, just after the eviction.
While they are waiting for the Aler (private entity for the management of public housing) to define their position, the municipality of Milan will take over the temporary accommodation in hotel for Mardy and his sons, but Arnold will have to pay for his stay until the final assignment. They are waiting for many months the allocation of public housing.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Arnold Mauhay speaks with a public official and finds out that the municipal committee has accepted his application for public housing.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family inside the municipality office.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family are going to the municipality office that deals with the housing project and the evictions.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The stairway of a block of flats totally occupied by migrants. The two-room flats are crumbling down to piaces and not complying with the law. The renting fees are too high for the economic possibilities of the families.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Arnold and Alessa Mauhay the day of your eviction

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Alessa Mauhay is seen inside her house during the eviction.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
15 Jul 2013

The Mahuay brothers outside of your house

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The housing conditions are often unbearable: systems are not compliant with current regulations and masonry are deteriorated, but rents do not seem to decrease.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family waiting for the police officers to evict them from their house.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The bathroom of the Mauhay family's house.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The rent of the Mauhay family's house amounted to 550 euro for month.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jun 2013

Arnold, his wife Mardy and their sons Adrian, Alessa and Angel Mauhay used to live in a 35 sq.m. two-room apartment.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
31 Dec 2012

Angel Mauhay in his house. The building in which they live is located north of the city of Milan, the facade is brick color and looks in good condition, but the interior is crumbling, the stairs are steep and dark, inside the apartment passes a thin beam of light, the walls have a purplish color and electrical cables are discovered.