(National Institution for Social Assistance)
INAS is a social institution promoted by CISL (Confederazione Italiana
Sindacati Lavoratori - Italian Confederation of Workers' Trade Unions),
set up to provide a free service with regard to state insurance,
welfare assistance and healthcare.
It is a charitable institution and as such it is controlled in
its activities and functions by Italian state laws.
It provides a safeguard without distinction and free of charge
to all the workers and their families, for the protection of rights
under European, national and regional laws, through work contracts
and through international agreements on social security.
It has a network structure over the whole national territory and
abroad, with over 1.000 full-time employees who work in almost 700
offices in Italy and over 100 offices situated in the major countries
of Italian emigration spread.
It is financed through a fund derived from a direct contribution
of the workers and it is run by the Ministry of Labour, which controls
INAS activities abroad
For more than 40 years INAS has worked for Italian emigrants.
It is present in Europe in the major countries of Italian emigration,
most especially in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg,
Switzerland, Great Britain and Slovenia. INAS is also present in
the following countries: in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada,
United States, Uruguay and Venezuela,
In order to give a better social safeguard to our citizens and to
all the European
Community and Non European Community citizens who have worked in
Italy, INAS has negotiated agreements of cooperation with the main
trade unions of the host countries adherent to ETUC (European Trade
Union Confederation), and ICFTU (International Confederation of
Free Trade Unions).
The wide assistance service of INAS is completely free of charge.
Our emigrants and the host countries' citizens come to our offices
for assistance with state insurance (allocated by the Italian state
or other states institutions), for international convention's insurance,
for services rendered by Italian local institutions and to solve
welfare and insurance problems in general.
In Italy, all INAS offices assist and give information to workers
and their families who intend to go abroad or who have left their
host Country and returned to live in Italy.
in Italy for immigrants
In Italy, INAS assists European and Non European Community citizens
to benefit from their rights and to absolve their duties according
to laws and international agreements, through a network of information
and direct assistance.
Together with CISL, INAS is strongly engaged in the assistance
service and it safeguards the long route that the Non European Community
citizens have to follow to reach work, social and cultural integration.
The safeguard action concentrates on assistance to immigrants for
problems related to entry and residence permits in Italy. Particular
attention is focussed on problems of work, family, education and
health. A special service of consultation concerns insurance problems
and on obtaining Italian citizenship.