For the partners of the Rising Project, 2022 began with training on mentoring for migrants, the aim of which was to present the reception practice of the SAI (Italian acronym for Reception and Integration System) to participants from Greece, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Italy, and Portugal.
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It was held in Italy from 3 to 5 January 2022, and the San Giuseppe Association hosted the participants partly online and partly in the presence of a three-day training. During the first day, the participants took part in a guided tour of the apartments where the guests of the SAI “CittàAccoglienza” welcome program in Cerignola reside. With Antonio Piarullo, operator, and labor consultant, they studied in detail the EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals, a tool used to determine skills, previous experiences and identify the steps to be taken towards integration into the labor market. They saw how the PEI (Italian acronym for Individual educational project) is compiled and what are the crucial information and aim of the document.
The second day of training focused on the educational and pedagogical aspect of the reception system, but this time with a particular focus on the community for minors with Giovanni Papagni, educator of "Casa Futura" in Cerignola. We talked with him about the objectives that this type of reception has, the holistic approach used by the operators to work with migrants and specifically with minors, and how the team's entire work is based on dialogue, comparison, listening, and participation. It is essential that each beneficiary can enjoy a personalized project in which the team members are present and have transversal skills to help him/her in building their autonomy.
The last day of training was dedicated to the psychological aspect with Daniela Diliddo, the community psychologist for minors "Casa Futura", who told real stories of beneficiary girls in the reception project, who were victims of trafficking and violence. She explored the psychological implications of traumas of this type in the integration path migrants must undertake, and she told of how operators must approach these situations to create the necessary climate of trust.
The training ended with a short virtual visit to the reception facility. Despite some obstacles related to the pandemic, listening to the participants' points of view, questions, and suggestions was interesting.
A broad range of factors continue to determine the movement of people. They are either voluntary or forced movements as a result of the increased magnitude and frequency of disasters, economic challenges and extreme poverty or conflict. Approximately 281 million people were international migrants in 2020, representing 3.6 per cent of the global population. [Find more here]
However, it is not easy to track changes in the migration pattern, hence a migration tracker has been used to depict patterns in migration trends (see IISD, How Social Networks Can Track Migration | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD, for more details).
The theme selected for 2021 celebration is “Harnessing the potential of human mobility”. 18 of December 2021 represents the 21st year of international commemoration of the role of migrants within our societies and the 70th year since the Brussel conference which led to the establishment of the organization renamed in 1989 International Organization for Migrants, which was founded to assist the millions of Europeans displaced after WWII.
2021 outlined the importance within the worldwide society of solidarity not just through the Afghan crises, but many more which occurred during the latest months.
The concept of Solidarity started to be celebrated on 20th of December as a promotion of fighting against poverty among various relevant stakeholders since 2005.
The partners of RISING project raise awareness regarding a strong integration of migrants based on solidarity principle within our communities, alongside with UN campaigns. To decrease the poverty level among persons represents an action which requires more type of specific involvement from increasing the access to education until offering the possibility for a decent workplace. For this reason, RISING team considers that through a mentoring programme for migrants, the possibility of increasing immigrants’ chances to be integrated and to have access to a decent life in the host community gets higher. Moreover, these types of initiatives receive the support from national and international stakeholders.