Satriano, a town in Calabria in southern Italy, is characterized by an aging population and empty houses along its narrow streets. When a few years ago refugees began pouring into Italy, this small town recognized an opportunity for revival. Refugees and asylum seekers are offered temporary housing, local officials help them in finding work and with applications for asylum.
Satriano is part of a network of nearly 400 municipalities in Italy, included in SPRAR – the Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (Sistema di protezione per richiedenti asilo e rifugiati). The network has been developed by the Italian Ministry of the Interior, financed by the Italian State and the European Union, and managed by the Italian Association of Municipalities, ANCI. In a similar manner as in Italy accommodation of asylum seekers by municipalities is managed also in Germany, where the integration programs for asylum seekers and refugees also involve non-governmental organizationsin innovative ways.
In Slovenia, we will very soon have to accommodate a larger number of asylum seekers and face challenges of integration of refugees. It is therefore important that the key stakeholders are acquainted with the experience of countries that have already faced these challenges. At the conference system solutions and concrete good practices of accommodation for asylum seekers and integration of refugees in municipalities from Italy and Germany will be presented.
Representatives of the Italian Association of Municipalities, ANCI and its research foundation Cittalia will present the SPRAR network, which is coordinated by Cittalia. This will be followed by the presentation of concrete examples from Italian cities, also from the neighboring Trieste, where the accommodation of asylum seekers and integration programs for the municipality of lead by Italian Solidarity Consortium (ICS), the Office for Refugees Onlus. Representatives of non-governmental organization Kitev from Oberhausen in the Ruhr area will present co-operation between the municipality and NGOs on specific cases. Asylum seekers and refugees are for instance involved in the development and implementation of a mobile kitchen, bringing people and cultures together through food.
Through the discussion that will follow, we would like to encourage ministries and local communities to think about how the presented best practices could be adapted to Slovenian conditions.
The event will be held in English, for the purposes of the discussion consecutive interpretation will be organized.
Admission is free, but the registration to the event via electronic form or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org is required.
Photo: Simone d’Antonio, Cittalia