The government is pursuing harsher asylum policies, including intensified cooperation with Libya and limits on asylum appeals, amid continuing boat migration. New asylum applications are increasing, and many applicants remained in substandard facilities without proper care and support. A new law aims to improve protections for unaccompanied migrant children. The definition and statute of limitations on the newly-established crime of torture fell short of international standards. Anti-immigrant rhetoric dominated election campaigns, and high-profile attacks on foreigners raised concerns about an increase in hate crimes. Regional and international bodies called for measures to address overcrowding and ill-treatment in prisons, as well as gender-based violence.