On World Refugee Day, citizens go aboard the Open Arms, the NGO ship working in migrant search and rescue in the Mediterranean, whilst the ship is hosted in the Port of Naples on June 20, 2019 |Photo: ANSA/Ciro Fusco
On World Refugee Day, citizens go aboard the Open Arms, the NGO ship working in migrant search and rescue in the Mediterranean, whilst the ship is hosted in the Port of Naples on June 20, 2019 |Photo: ANSA/Ciro Fusco

The City of Naples has won a call for proposals by the Italian Interior Ministry with a contract totaling one million euros for a project called "YALLA! Social Community Services" that aims to improve the level of efficiency in the social services assistance system for migrants in the city.

This year the City of Naples participated for the first time in a call for proposals by the Italian Interior Ministry's Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund (FAMI). The fund aims to give public and private entities the chance to implement services aimed at integrating migrants. 

The project, entitled "YALLA! Social Community Services" from the Naples city administration won, with a contract totaling one million euros, coming in third place in the national classification of bids, according to a statement by the city administration. 

The logic of a 'one-stop shop'

The City of Naples will redefine the services it offers according to the idea of a 'one-stop shop.' It aims to make various services available, including specific specialities, streamlined procedures, a centralized socio-linguistic mediation agency, across three locations in the areas of the city with the highest non-EU populations. 

The approach will focus on the needs of the person by harnessing, in a structural and systematic way, not only local entities' specialties but also the opportunities generated by territorial networks. 

'A strategic turning point for the city's services'

The general goal of the proposal is to improve the level of efficiency of the City of Naples' social services system by meeting the emerging needs of migrants in the city. The new scheme will pay particular attention to the housing problems faced by families with children.

"The city government wanted to participate in the call for proposals [this year] placing itself as the leader in a dense network of local partnerships and applying for different areas of action through two other project proposals," said Naples Councillor for Citizens' Rights and Social Cohesion, Laura Marmorale. 

"I hope that this first confirmation is just the start of the judging for two other projects we are also proposing. I am convinced that the activation of integrated services to protect the most disadvantaged social categories could be a strategic turning point for strengthening the services that the city administration will be able to offer the entire city," Marmorale said.
 

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