A young migrant admires a fresco at the National archeological museum in Naples during a day dedicated to migrants and refugees | PHOTO: ANSA/CESARE ABBATE
A young migrant admires a fresco at the National archeological museum in Naples during a day dedicated to migrants and refugees | PHOTO: ANSA/CESARE ABBATE

The Italian Refugee Council (CIR) has launched a project called ''La bellezza dell'integrazione'' (The beauty of integration) which organizes training courses for 120 refugees who have been granted international protection, the humanitarian organization said on July 7.

The project ''The beauty of integration'' funded by the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) 2014-2020 has been launched with the objective of promoting the social and cultural integration of refugees who have been granted international protection, the International Refugee Council (CIR) said on July 7. 

The objective is to help refugees find a job through cultural activities and training. 

The initiative was developed by the humanitarian organization together with a team of cultural associations across Italy, including in Rome and its province (Roviano), Milan, Lecce and Catania. 

Four training courses will be organized in collaboration with museums and institutions with experience in the management and promotion of cultural and artistic heritage. 

The courses will not provide a professional title but will help attendees find a job in the cultural tourism sector, training them on museum management and on the heritage of the cities and locations involved. 

Students will also have the opportunity of working in the cultural and tourism sector. Participants will receive an allowance to participate in the project's activities. 

120 refugees involved 

According to a statement released by CIR, the initiative is developed together with Società CoopAcai Phoenix, Fondazione Franco Verga C.O.I, Isola Quassùd, Rome's department for tourism, professional training and labor, and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese Consorzio Regione per le arti e la cultura. 

FAI's Associazione Amici and Officine Culturali are also involved in the initiative.

Organizers said participants will be provided with individual training in culture and tourism to help them become financially and socially independent. 

The projects aim to promote their integration in Italy's cultural and social life, giving foreigners space to activate dialogue with local communities while providing more opportunities and services to those with international protection status. 

A new take on museums 

CIR said the project vies to promote a new way of experiencing museums through inter-cultural relations which are ''an added value for communities and our territory'' as well as the ''necessary valorization of those seeking protection in our country."

The organization also said the project aims to ''promote socio-economic integration in job sectors that are different from those usually employing refugees and people with subsidiary protection (such as personal care, restoration, logistics, agriculture), giving space to a sector -- cultural heritage and tourism -- which has to be a protagonist and economic engine in a country like Italy."
 

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