PIAM ONLUS CERCA ONG OPERANTI IN INDIA CONTRO LA TRATTA DI ESSERI UMANI.

PIAM Onlus | Progetto Integrazione Accoglienza Migranti

Il 29 marzo 2021 siamo stati contattati da una giovane donna nigeriana che attualmente si trova a Delhi, India. Attraverso un messaggio vocale di un paio di minuti la donna ci ha raccontato di essere stata tratta in inganno con la promessa di un lavoro come sarta ma al suo arrivo a Delhi gli sfruttatori hanno sequestrato il suo passaporto e l’hanno informata di aver contratto un debito monetario che dovrà ripagare attraverso la prostituzione.

Siamo alla ricerca di contatti di ONG in India nella zona di Delhi che si occupano di contrasto alla tratta di essere umani e che possano aiutare questa ragazza. Potete contattarci all’indirizzo e-mail: piamonlus@yahoo.com

LA RETE ANTITRATTA PIEMONTESE A RISCHIO DI CHIUSURA

PIAM Onlus | Progetto Integrazione Accoglienza Migranti

In Piemonte ormai da molti anni opera una rete di enti costituita per contrastare la tratta di esseri umani. La rete è composta da associazioni e cooperative che operano coordinando interventi su tutto il territorio regionale, in accordo con la Piattaforma Nazionale Antitratta, il Ministero delle Pari Opportunità e la Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri.

Il sistema piemontese antitratta è stato costruito negli anni con impegno e professionalità.

Questo sistema è stato preso a modello dall’Unione Europea che ha deciso di potenziarlo e definendolo una buona prassi europea con l’auspicio che sia replicabile anche in altre Nazioni. Ci troviamo di fronte ad un’eccellenza internazionale.

Fare antitratta significa combattere i trafficanti di esseri umani e le reti criminali e mafiose. Fare antitratta è fare contrasto alla criminalità organizzata e alla mafia. Proprio partendo dalle informazioni fornite dalle vittime di tratta, le Procure hanno avuto la possibilità di individuare e smantellare importanti gruppi criminali, soprattutto nigeriani.

Nelle nostre strutture accogliamo e proteggiamo le giovani donne che scappano dagli sfruttatori e che con coraggio decidono di denunciarli alle Forze dell’Ordine” afferma Alberto Mossino di PIAM Onlus.

Ma questo sistema oggi è messo a rischio: oltre 200 i posti di accoglienza dovranno essere chiusi perché da molti mesi, ormai dal lontano luglio 2019, gli enti gestori non vengono pagati dalla Prefettura di Torino. La Commissione Europea ha già trasferito da tempo i finanziamenti alla Prefettura e ha già da tempo dato indicazioni di saldare l’attività.

Prefettura che però inspiegabilmente continua a non voler trasferire i finanziamenti agli enti gestori, che ormai sono pesantemente indebitati avendo anticipato quasi un anno di spese di gestione.

Finora gli enti hanno garantito la sicurezza delle donne e il pagamento degli stipendi degli operatori impiegati sul servizio, ma ormai sono allo stremo e tra pochi giorni gli affidamenti bancari scadranno. Cosa succederà a queste donne? Chi le proteggerà? Chi potrà salvare gli oltre 70 posti di lavoro degli operatori sociali che lavorano ogni giorno a fianco di queste donne?

“L’amarezza più grande è constatare che le Istituzioni dello Stato, che dovrebbero sostenere le iniziative da loro promosse, le ostacolano – continua Mossino – E’ una sconfitta civica e morale per tutti”.

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Contatti: Alberto Mossino – 3281896997

Associazione PIAM – Asti
Associazione Liberazione e Speranza – Novara
Sermig Centro Come Noi Sandro Pertini – Torino
Cooperativa Progetto Tenda – Torino

Associazione PIAM Onlus ricerca: Responsabile amministrativo con solide basi di contabilità e spiccate doti organizzative.

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PIAM Onlus | Progetto Integrazione Accoglienza Migranti

La risorsa dovrà occuparsi di coordinare cinque collaboratori dell’ufficio amministrativo, supervisionare e migliorare le procedure esistenti e rapportare periodicamente alla direzione sui risultati gestionali.

Ha maturato pregressa esperienza nella mansione ed ha buona conoscenza di tutti gli aspetti della pratica contabile, delle relazioni e dell’operatività con le banche, della normativa fiscale, della prassi amministrativa (e delle procedure di affidamento contratti secondo le linee guida ANAC) anche per i rapporti dell’associazione con enti pubblici.

Il/la candidato/a è preferibilmente un/a laureato/a in economia, dovrà gestire la documentazione occorrente per ogni attività amministrativa, l’interfaccia con i consulenti esterni, il controllo e l’analisi dei flussi finanziari.

Leadership, senso organizzativo, precisione, problem solving, capacità di lavorare in team, intraprendenza e flessibilità oraria completano il profilo ideale.

Precedenti esperienze lavorative nel sociale costituiscono titolo preferenziale.

Si offre un primo contratto a tempo determinato, rinnobvabe, full time, l’inquadramento secondo il CCNL sarà determinato in funzione del livello di esperienza effettivo e dei valori di partenza.

Luogo di lavoro è in Asti centro.

Per chi è interessato mandare CV a: piamonlus@yahoo.com

UNODV supporta Piam nella lotta alla tratta

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The UNVTF-funded project, Asti Contro La Tratta – Asti against Trafficking (A.C.T), targets mass asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean. The project provides integrated assistance to victims of trafficking aged between 16-23 years in the first 60 days upon their arrival in Italy, or in the limbo period while awaiting the status of asylum applications. Basic necessities are provided to beneficiaries including legal and medical assistance, cultural services, sex education and parenting courses. Female beneficiaries are provided with a stipend to autonomously purchase necessities for their personal hygiene.

The weakest link of migrations: women.

The weakest link of migrations: women.

Human Rights Festival

Saturday 25th November, Milan

The human rights festival, with the collaboration of ”WeWorld onlus” within the range of the 8th edition of the ”WeWorld” festival dedicated to women rights, organizes, on Saturday 25th of November in Milan, at the UniCredit pavilion the debate ”The weakest link of migration: women”. With the intervention of Princess Inyang Okokon, Lireta Katiaj and Don Mussie Zerai, and the lead of Danilo De Biasio, journalist and director of the Human Rights Festival in Milan.

Is it possible to break the link between migration ad prostitution? Yes, feel free to remove the question mark:it is possible. But it’s hard, because the economic interests are strong and the connections with criminality are widespread. The Human Rights Festival in Milan, by welcoming the invitation of ”WeWorld”onlus, wants to increase the attention on this theme, wich involves young foreign women (as victims) but, maybe, also our neighbour (as a customer). The protagonists of the meeting are Princess Inyang Okokon, whom with her association ”PIAM”, is involved in rescuing prostitutes from the streets by offering them a working perspective and vocational training; Lireta Katiaj, who told the story of how she avoided the prostitution racket; Don Mussie Zerai, catholic priest and point of reference for migrants escaping wars and shortage; Danilo De Biasio, journalist and director of the Human Rights Festival in Milan.

Afterwards the awarding of the ”Reset-Diritti Umani” prize to Princess Inyang Okokon.

Motivations of the prize: The ”Reset-Diritti Umani” association rewards Princess Inyang Okokon because she is a beautifull example of redemption and commitment. Princess Inyang Okokon has healed her wounds as victim of human trafficking by concretely taking care of prostitutes by building the conditions for an alternative life for those who are still on the streets and by investing in prevention directly in their origin countries.
This praise-worthy activity, wich has worked in hundreds of cases, was possible cause the association PIAM, established by Princess and her husband Alberto Mossino, had the capability to form positive relationships with local and national istitutions and civil society.
For this reasons the association ”Reset-Diritti Umani” rewards the journey of Princess Inyang Okokon: for the high human value of her actions to be known, honored and taken as an example.

Biographies:

PRINCESS INYANG OKOKON

Princess Okokon, president of ”Piam Onlus”, an association wich works in Italy and abroad to “steal” women from human trafficking, has moved from Nigeria to come and work in italy. After been abducted, she ended in the prostitution racket in Torino.

LIRETA KATIAJ

Lireta Katiaj is an albanian woman, whom to escape a patriarchal system , that wanted her illiterate and married to a much older man, has escaped from her country and then ended up in the prostitution racket from wich she got away just by chance, her jailor was her primary school mate. She has told her story in the book ” Lireta non cede. Diario di una ragazza albanese”, that has also became a theathral show.

Don MUSSIE ZERAI
“The refugees angel”. Don Mussie Zerai has earned this nickname, on the international press, in the years of activity in defense of the rights and the life of asylum seekers and migrants escaping from the horn of Africa and sub-saharian countries to Europe or Israel, considered an outpost of the west: thousands of young people, men and women, whole families with children, kids left alone, desperates that try to escape from shortage and famine, wars and persecutions.

 

The weakest link of migrations: women.

Polentoni and Terroni.

Polentoni and Terroni.

Polentoni (people who eat a lot of polenta, disparaging for Norther Italians) and terroni (farmers, disparaging for Southern Italians). These classical epithets for  an Italy divided in two parts from ancestral prejudices are difficult to explain. And them, at the bottom, care little for know the meaning. They arrived from Gambia, Mali and Nigeria, are the refugees hosted at Villa Quaglina. They work keeping their heads down, under a pale sun of an early fall. They will do the polenta. The first of his life. “You are polentoni refugees>>, say to them, affectionately, a volunteer of the shelter. They, Djallo, Karamo and Dabu, burst out laughing, sensing that “something” in between the funny thing and the paradoxical. Neverthless, they have enthusiastically welcomed the idea to experiment the cultivation of “ottofile”, the typical Piedmontese maize, also know as “melia du re”, for the passion for the polenta of Vittorio Emanuele II, who would have imposed the sowing.

The Piam project

“The idea is born from the wish to enhance and preserve the agri-food excellence with the help of the refugees – explains Alberto Mossino, director of Piam Onlus and Villa Quaglina’s consortium CO.AL.A. – The maize planted in June from the boys, is picked up now by them. It will be peeled , dried, grounded and packed. For Christmast it will be ready the Ottofile Polenta, produced by Villa Quaglina’s refugees.

The bio product

The cultivation is natural, without herbicides pesticide and the crop is handmade with the manual threshing. The drying is done in the sun or using direct flame dryers. The grinding is doing using a stone-mill, that exalts the organoleptic qualities of the cereal and let in flour all the components of the grain>> adds Mossino. From the ottofile maize, then, it’s possible to obtain flour to doing polenta, and flour for bakery. The refugees will learn to doing polenta, meliga biscuits and maize bred.

Dreams for the future

If this year will be good, the objective is to product 300 kg of polenta, the idea of the boys is to increase the production, expanding the planting also in field the near the land next to the one already cultivated. Among the “dreams” of the boys is, in the first place, to obtain refugee recognition and be able to stay in the Asti area. With the polenta production, perhaps inventing an original logo and brand, you could keep and finance some of Villa Quaglina’s activities. Waiting through food may come when there is no policy.

by Laura Secci
Source: La Stampa.

‘I Was Full of Shame:’ One Woman’s Story of Being Trafficked to Italy.

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The desperate journey of a trafficked girl.

Last year, the number of women making the journey from Nigeria to Italy, via Libya, was almost double that of the year before. But in their attempt to escape crippling poverty, the women end up caught in trafficking rings, abused and exploited.

ASTI, ITALY – As she sat in the rubber boat that was taking her to Italy, Blessing,16, thought of a tale her grandmother had told her once, about a goddess of the sea who had the power to swallow souls forever or save them.

One night last September, a man had woken her up with a kick while Blessing (not her real name) was sleeping on the floor of an abandoned warehouse in Zawiya, on the western coast of Libya. He told her the weather was good, the sea was finally calm and it was time to head to Europe.

Now she was floating in a boat across the water, which was darker and bigger than she could have ever imagined. But she was not afraid. “On the other side of the sea, beyond the divinity that kills or forgives, there is Italy,” Blessing told herself.

She thought there was a job waiting for her. But in Italy she only found abuse and exploitation.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), says 11,009 women came from Nigeria to Italy by sea in 2016, almost double the 5,600 who made that same journey the year before. A report by the organization estimates that 80 percent of the Nigerian women who came to Italy in 2016 were – or still are – potential victims of trafficking.

“What our report shows is that human trafficking networks are becoming brutal and efficient to exploit the vulnerability of migrants,” said Simona Moscarelli, an anti-trafficking expert at IOM, in an official statement.

Blessing grew up in a village in Imo State, one of the poorest areas in Nigeria. Her father died when she was 7 years old, and she and her siblings stopped going to school. Her older brother had to take a job as a mechanic. Some of the other children in the family started selling water and bread in the streets or turned to begging.

One day, a woman approached Blessing in the village market. “I know your family needs help, they need money,” the woman told her. “My sister lives in Europe and she can help you.” The woman had also spoken to Blessing’s friend Gift, 15, saying that in Europe many families needed cooks. Both girls loved to cook.

“The woman told me and Gift to follow a friend of hers, who would accompany and protect us from Nigeria to Libya. So one night we took a backpack and ran away,” Blessing says.

The woman’s friend was one of the many “connection men” who have become key figures in human trafficking. They usually work for criminal organizations, taking girls from their home nations through Libya and, if they escape arrest or drowning, on to Italy.

When the girls finally got to Italy, their connection man gave them a mobile number and told them to call their madam.

“When I came to my madam, she told me I had to start working immediately to repay the debt of the trip. In that moment, I realized that my debt was 40,000 euros,” says Blessing.

“She gave me a bra, saying: This is your job. Go onto the street at night and come back in the morning with money.”

That was how Blessing found herself standing half-naked on a road near a disused bridge in the province of Asti, northern Italy. “The first night, I hid behind the bushes and cried. I just wanted to call my mom and go away, go home,” she says.

“I wasn’t angry. I was just full of shame.”

Blessing says she was beaten until she agreed to work. For three months, she was forced to have sex with up to six men a day. “I did not know Italian,” she says. “My madam had only taught me to say ‘20 euros’ or ‘30 euros’ based on what those men asked me to do.”

Then one day, another Nigerian woman named Princess approached Blessing on the street. “I know what you are doing, because I’ve lived it too,” the woman told her.

Princess is the cofounder of PIAM Onlus, an Italian NGO working to rescue trafficked girls. The organization’s other founder, Alberto Mossino, says the rise of Nigerian girls being trafficked to Italy is indicative of the growing power of traffickers.

“In the past two years, we have seen that many girls reach Europe in a very short period, sometimes less than one month, from a village in deepest Nigeria to Italy,” says Mossino. “This means the mafia who control the trafficking have the power to bribe the tribes and militias along the journey. And the traffickers know they can take advantage of Nigerian poverty and, on the other end, the power vacuum in Libya.”

Mossino says the work that groups like PIAM Onlus do to help the girls is made more difficult by the lack of government support. If a girl who escapes her traffickers is under the age of 18, she usually ends up in one of the country’s various centers for minors, where she can stay until she turns 21. After that, she is expected to find a job and a place to live, with little help.

Mossino would like to see centers and programs dedicated specifically to trafficking victims. PIAM Onlus runs six such homes in Asti, but it’s not nearly enough, he says. “Trafficked girls need specific projects and for [that] we surely need more funds. Many of the girls risk ending up in the hands of the traffickers again, and just being moved to other European countries.”

Happiness, 16, lives in a government center for minors near Bologna. Sometimes she thinks of her family back in Benin City, and she cries.

Last year, her sister had suggested she leave Nigeria for Germany, where a woman was looking to hire a hairdresser. After a week of traveling, Happiness was in Libya, sitting in a minivan being driven to Tripoli. She told the driver she wanted to go home.

“Impossible,” he told her. “Your sister has sold you, now you will learn to work here in Libya.”

Happiness was held in a house on the outskirts of the city and forced into prostitution, along with about 30 other girls. “An older woman told us that we would have to practice before we went to Italy,” she says.

When another group of girls from Nigeria arrived at the house four months later, Happiness was taken to Garaboli, on Libya’s western coast, to wait for the rubber boat that would take her to Italy. Once in Sicily, Happiness ripped up the sheet of paper with the number she was supposed to call to reach her madam. Instead, she found her way to a local humanitarian NGO and asked for help.

Now Happiness is waiting to see what will happen to her next. “When I called my sister, to tell her what was going on, she shouted that I had to do prostitution, otherwise [the traffickers] would ask for their money back.”

Happiness hasn’t called her sister since.

Pseudonyms are used for all the trafficked women in this article to protect their identities.

by Francesca Mannocchi
Source: Women & Girls. Read the original article.

Terre di Monale and Villa Quaglina.

Terre di Monale and Villa Quaglina. History, objectives and results of two projects able to connect tradition and social sustainability.

History, objectives and results of two projects able to connect tradition and social sustainability.

Villa Quaglina is the ex Priesthood Oblati of San Giuseppe in Asti. A beautiful last century villa immersed in the greenery, with a farmhouse and a six hectares park of cultivable land, no used for years.

In 2014, CO.AL.A. Consortium and Piam Onlus, give rising to this compound, starting the activity of hosting refugees. It is in this context, starting from the hosting, that it is born and developed the project to enhance and preserve the Piedmont agri-food excellence.

Give back a connection with the land to who has lost it.

In Canelli and Asti, two virtuous experience of agricultural holdings based on the work of migrants and asylum seekers.

by Gabriele Rosso

Leave the earth that you have seen grow, where the roots have dug deep and the affections are interwoven even to the grass roots – at least where the grass grows – is a somewhat destabilizing experience. It is what happens every day to hundreds, often thousands, migrants fleeing from the poorest and most disheartened countries in the world. The phenomenon has become so great that there is now, and it is evident, a time of escape, of vagar on the sea or on mainland, of living by transplanting into a new country: we see it happen every day in front of our eyes, on tv , in pictures taken by photoreporter, on the web.

What we can’t see, or we are struggling to understand, is how the land of migrants, perhaps even more than theirs sailing, is the real signal of the eradication. They arrived in a place they don’t understand, that often watching it with mistrust. It’s a subtle form of violence. It’s the realization of the man without a country, that will never feel safe and protected by the familiarity of the context which surrounds it.

Here, in that situation takes an extraordinary value the whole speech about the food and the agriculture. Because about the fact that what we put into mouth and the relationship with the earth are the basis of our filling at home, there are few doubts. And that’s why Slow Food, and in general who sees in the food and in the agricultural powerful and efficient tools for integration and rootlessness, pays attention for years also to the phenomenon of migration and to the help for the underdeveloped countries.

Obliviously, the Africa’s vegetable garden. But also the complaints against the phenomenon of the “gang-masters”, unfortunately spread like wildfire in our Country. Just think of what happens in certain areas of Apulia, in the fields where tomatoes are collecting, o of what seen at Rosarno, for example. And again, just think of East European exploitation of workers in Langhe vineyards reported a few months ago by slowine.it editorial team, or to the hundreds of migrants that every year crowd the Cuneo’s orchards, often unregulated and without guarantees, homeless and without a decent wage.

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Terre di Monale

The aim of the project is the creation of a social start-up with female ownership. In this case, the constitution of a work-shop of ceramic handmade dishes production, by involving young women victims of trafficking and hosting in social inclusion projects by Piam. The society Piam Onlus, through his demonstrated expertise in the field of counseling, of the job placement and of the cultural mediation, will assist the beneficiaries of the project in implementing the business idea. During the project, the beneficiaries could obtain job and entrepreneurial skills. At the end of the educational phase there will be the entrepreneurial start-up phase. Another phase, will be the marketing phase, that will provide the organization of an advertising campaign of the project and of the enterprise.

The beneficiaries are 6 women victims of trafficking included in projects of social protection. 16-24 years old, from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Women in most cases illiterate or with a poor education, and usually find poorly qualified and precarious occupations. Brittle women, helped to escape from prostitution, and at high risk of returning to it.

The solution we identified to the need analysed, is the start of a production of ceramic dishes handmade.

Unique products of high-quality for material and manufacture, also customizable on request. The model proposed is based on the overcome of the old logic of the traineeship, to whom often the people are involved without leaps or incentives, focused just for the reimbursed for the presence. Often, the jobs suggested for the traineeship, are generic and unskilled. Our model provides a remuneration based on the quality of the product manufactured and sold. More they are professional, and more we can sell and so collect an established part, at the end of service. In this way, the women are empowered and encouraged to developed his ideas and manufacturing techniques.

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The Widespread Hosting Project: a focus.

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The Widespread Hosting Project: a focus.

Targets, history and numbers.

The widespread hosting starts in April 2014 following the arrival of hundreds of refugees in the area of Asti. Due to the lack of places available to reception, citizenship and the foreigners’ associations present in the city have been envolved to accommodate refugees in their homes. The response was immediately significant, especially by foreigners. In agreement with the Prefecture of Asti, a welcome contract was signed between the Consortium COALA and the host, which is paid 400 euros per month as a refund for the service of food, accommodation and personal hygiene. Other services (pocket money, clothing, literacy, legal and psychological counseling, healthcare, work placements, etc.) are payed  by the Consortium COALA, responsible for taking charge.

Refugees, before entering in the widespread reception system, are accommodated in a collective shelter for about 2 or 3 months, the time needed to complete basic bureaucracy (filling an application form to seek asylum, fiscal code, filling the application form to National Health Insurance inscription, basic health screening), then we proceed to evaluate which family or individual is most suitable for hospitality. Usually, the cultural and gender criteria prevail, which generally better meet the expectations of both the guest and the host. The main motivation for foreigners to accommodate refugees is certainly economic and, in this sense, widespread hosting also becomes an indirect source of wellfare for foreigns (even formerly refugees) who live permanently in our territory but who have still precarious situations of income.

CO.AL.A. coordinates and supervises all households and individual hosts by checking that the receptions conditions always respect the agreed and signed requirements. This kind of widespread hosting (especially among compatriots) is a very effective tool to accelerate the processes and times of knowledge and integration into the social fabric of asylum seekers who have just arrived. In addition to the services provided by the CO.AL.A., asylum seekers are immediately joined by the fellow countrymen who are hosting them and in fact have a tutor role.

There have been difficulties with some Italian host families, often too focused on their host role than on the needs of the asylum seeker, developing relational dynamics that are too focused on family life and little on the autonomy of the asylum seeker. In many cases, the Italian families, when they initiate the hosting of an asylum seeker, realize that the world of migrants does not really correspond to the idea they have made. It turns out that cultural differences instead of demonstrating a resource, worsen and create a climate of mutual misunderstanding. These cases must be interrupted by the widespread reception path.

Widespread reception: A model that makes school.

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Widespread reception: A model that makes school.

Piam, an onlus from Asti, has been the first in Italy to experience the inclusion of migrants in a family. Now examples of distribution in small groups, across different municipalities whit the support of  associations, has increased. From Genoa to Arezzo, from Vicenza to Milan.

“The widespread reception is a good result model, but just to be clear: it isn’t all peaches and dandelions, sometimes can really lead to friendship, and other times a friction, and in certain cases we must to interrupt the relationship. The hosting in family is a great instrument, but fragile”. The warning comes from Alberto Mossino, the coordinator of Piam Onlus, that from more than a year, and first in Italy, successfully tested paths to involve the families of the territory in the migrants emergency.

“When the asylum-seekers arrive, we settle them in a shelter center where they stay 2 or 3 months, this time is necessary to do a health screening and start the application for the residence permit>>, explained Mossino. So, for who wants it, sthe inclusion in family can start. With the support of the association, that ensures a benchmark operator for the mediation. Then, we continue to follow the people in the process for the asylum application, we insert them in languages courses and we follow them for the medical needs. As well as ensuring the pocket money, 2,50 Euros per day, that are give to the migrants from the 34 Euros per day that we receive from the Italian State to arrange the reception of each”.

“About 62 families currently hosting migrants in Asti, fifty families are foreigners”, say Mossino. But there is another point to highlight: widespread hosting can turn into a welfare tool. On the one hand a refugee, on the other families with economical problem for the crisis, who may have been in Italy for 10 years but for so many reasons risking marginalization and eviction and for which 400 euros a month can give a big help.

LIGURIA

The Asti model has inspired the Liguria region, which intends to activate a widespread reception experience. For this reason, the Anci and the Municipality of Genoa organize a day of training for local associations and cooperatives at the end of September (probably on the 23rd at Palazzo Tursi) with the intention of assisting the transition from reception to large complex refugee centers to manage the widespread in the homes of the people. “It was feared that direct management of migrants by private individuals would be unmanageable and at risk of abuse”, said Paolo Pezzana, coordinator of Immigration Commission of Anci Liguria. “But following the Asti model, where there are associations between Prefettura and families, every distrust is overcome”. The new Call for the hosting will be open to private individuals, that will be able to rent empty houses but also to hosting the migrant in family, will published shortly.

VENETO

Meanwhile in the province of Vicenza, the municipality of Santorso, on August 10 has presented the memorandum of understanding for an agreement between local administrations for the establishment of a territorial network for the widespread acceptance of the applicants for international protection. Among the subscribers, also the Caritas in Padua. “It would be highly desirable for all the mayors to cooperate in this way,” said Don Luca Facco. “The advantage lies in avoiding large concentrations: favoring distribution in small groups, it is less impacting on the territory and at the same time more rewarding for the people themselves.”

At every Municipality, the welcome will always be through the social cooperatives, with the attention to the numbers: a refugee every thousand inhabitants. The important aspect of this protocol is that a mutual commitment has been made, not only tied to the figure of the Prefetto but of entire administration over the reception of the population. From this approach, many mayors are extremely open to sign an agreement capable of identifying and involving serious, competent and reliable managing bodies, and mobilizing all those present in the territory capable of extending a network of real welcoming and arriving at employ refugees for free, community-based activities.

Also in the province of Venice they spoke of a widespread hosting after the draft of an agreement between the Prefettura and 44 municipalities. The document stipulates that each municipality hosts 1,6 migrants per thousand inhabitants for a total of 1.376 people.

Only sharing widespread hosting, principles can ensure the acceptance of the phenomenon and allow for easier integration of refugees by avoiding social tensions. “It will thus be possible to solve the unacceptable situations of Eraclea and Cona”, said the mayor of Chioggia, Giuseppe Casson. An hard no came instead from the Municipality of Scorzè: “We are against the reception of migrants because we feel that there are no conditions for doing it”, while the mayor of Noventa di Piave, Alessandro Nardese, is skeptical: “The quota has been set to 1.6 migrants per thousand inhabitants but since the landings will continue, there is no certainty that this will be the definitive number. And then, how much will they have to stay? The reception experiences we have had in the past were not positive”.

LOMBARDIA

The Diocese of Milan announced a strengthening of the network of host structures managed by its cooperatives and associations, which will bring nearly a thousand refugee seats. Cardinal Angelo Scola has asked Parish priests to provide additional space for families and small groups on the basis of a widespread welcome plan, urging the adoption of new laws and regulations to facilitate integration paths. In order to analyze the relationship between the city and the migrants and the future prospects to deal with the arrival of a new wave, a meeting was held on 4th September at Expo with Don Roberto Davanzo, director of Caritas Ambrosiana, who launched the project “Refugee at my home”.

TOSCANA

In Tuscany there are already almost five hundred thousand migrants arriving in one year: only 700 in July. In September, it is estimated, they could rise to six hundred and fifteen.

The widespread hosting model is only achieved through the availability of the Municipalities: each location, depending on the characteristics, size and availability of accommodation facilities, is made available to accommodate a number of people. In the province of Arezzo, for example, the municipalities of Chitignano, Monte Mignaio, Castiglion Fiorentino, Sestino, Subbiano and Badia Tedalda have already given away voluntary collaborations. In the first six months of reception, the migrant can not perform paid activities, but can work in volunteering. It is activated according to the demand for labor on the territory, with great benefit for the community.

by Marina Moioli

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