With the start of the tourist season, migrant minors will be providing information to cruise ship tourists arriving at the port of Messina as part of a project to promote integration in the Sicilian city. The project has reached its second edition this year.
The initiative was first promoted due to an agreement in June 2018 between Messina's port authority, which is in charge of the project's organization, and the city of Messina. A local high school, the Istituto Tecnico Economico Statale ''A.M. JAci'' and a social cooperative, Medihospes, are involved in the project, along with the city councilor for social policy, migration and tourism.
Information provided to tourists by foreign minors
The project involves young migrants from several African countries including Gambia, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal and Niger who are living at the ''Casa Toure''' and ''Casa Michelle'' SPRAR centers that provide accommodation and assistance to migrants and asylum seekers. The centers are managed by the cooperative Medihospes.
The young migrants will be welcoming tourists upon their arrival at the port. They will also be providing information on activities, monuments and local attractions, thanks to their knowledge of different foreign languages, at a tourist information point of the port.