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Friday 24 February 2017
 
Strategies for a real welcome


First results of the pilot project “Let’s house together”, aimed at families of migrants seeking asylum.

Shayeste and Mohammed, Nansy and Said – with their children Mercurius and Olivia – live respectively in Marino and Castel Gandolfo, in the province of Rome. What is different compared with other young families? Nothing apparently, but everything if you know their stories. Forced to leave their country, they have applied for asylum in Italy. After several months in various reception centres, now they live in two apartments and are trying gradually to fit into the local environment. But this is not the common story of asylum seekers, but rather an exception. Normally families like these spend a lot more time in reception centres, often managed in a welfare perspective, and do not even have the chance to study Italian. The moment they have to leave these structures they are totally unprepared to live independently in an Italian context.

AMU, in collaboration with the Association Una città non basta (A city is not enough) and AFN, has launched a new project to give a concrete answer to this increasingly urgent problem. The aim is to accompany asylum seekers families in local realities, in order to attain a full employment, linguistic and social integration. All this is possible thanks to a group of local volunteers who take care of their new neighbours splitting home assignments: someone helps with the bureaucracy, someone else teaches Italian or helps preparing the CV and so on. The project started in January 2016 and today it shows its first results: Shayeste has found a job in a retirement home and Said has found a way to capitalize his long experience as a shoemaker thanks to a craftsman with whom he started working a few hours a week, receiving great feedback from customers. First small steps towards autonomy. The project is proving to be a very enriching experience of exchange between “old” and “new” citizens, and is affecting neighbouring villages in which similar experiences could be launched.

The challenge is precisely to make sure that families like these are not moved away for fear of their diversity but in the contrary they can be known in everyday life as young people that with enthusiasm and good will want to roll up their sleeves to re-build a future for themselves and for their children.

by Francesco Marini (AMU Notizie n. 2/2016)

Further information on the project tab >>>

Photo: The operators of “Una città non basta Association” welcome the families into their new homes.

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