Photo: ANSA via Unicef
Photo: ANSA via Unicef

The Italian government has presented an integration plan for asylum seekers and those granted international protection with the aim of identifying migrant rights and duties to "ensure civilized coexistence." Italian language courses and ones on the Italian constitution, equal rights and the sharing of fundamental values will be provided to asylum seekers and those granted international protection in Italy.

The 74,853 people who have been granted international protection in Italy have duties towards their host country, while the host country must ensure equal rights and dignity to refugees as well as access to education and training, housing and healthcare. This is the first national plan for integration presented by the Italian interior ministry, which aims to ''ensure structured civil coexistence''. '

'An integrated society is safer''

 The plan, as Interior Minister Marco Minniti has reiterated several times, is a fundamental part of a strategy that is based on the idea that ''a more integrated society is also a safer one''. The plan aims to serve as ''a tool to create attachment and a sense of responsibility to the country and community of residence, for this to act as the main immunization against radicalization.'' In this process, Minniti stressed, there are two ''non-negotiable'' values: the secular nature of the state and respect for women. The plan is addressed to those holding a temporary stay permit for international protection as well as the 196,285 people in the national migrant reception system, most of whom asylum seekers, and 18,486 unaccompanied foreign minors.

 Different priorities to pursue

 The plan sets the following priorities: supporting religious dialogue by implementing the 'Pact for Islam' at the local level; making participation in language courses at reception centers obligatory; promoting training internships and orientation for them; providing incentives for participation in the national civil service; promoting ways to access housing by creating conditions to include international protection holders in local and regional housing emergency plans; strengthening socialization plans for minors; and strengthening the network of centers for the protection of human trafficking victims. In addition to the interior ministry, other ministries involved in the application of the initiative are the labor, foreign, justice, education, health and agriculture ministries. The National Anti-Racial Discrimination Office (UNAR), local agencies and the tertiary sector will also be involved. (Picture shows a scene from the docufilm 'Indivisibili', telling stories of young migrants arriving in Italy. 

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