Salaam Palace is a neglected ex-university building in the south-eastern periphery of Rome, occupied by 800 refugees from Sudan and the Horn of Africa.
All are desperate to leave Italy and reach what they see as the promised land of northern Europe. Many have tried, only to be deported back to Italy as their place of arrival in Europe, under what is known as the Dublin regulation.
Having been granted asylum or subsidiary protection by the Italian authorities, the inhabitants of the Salaam Palace face difficulties in securing a legal domicile, accessing healthcare, and can wait up to 18 months to have their permits of stay renewed. All these conditions severely restrict their job prospects and any real integration into Italy society.