A group of migrants staging a protest for their living conditions in Naples | Photo: Archive/Ciro Fusco
A group of migrants staging a protest for their living conditions in Naples | Photo: Archive/Ciro Fusco

An immigrant advisory commission for the city of Naples in southern Italy took office on Thursday. The body was established in 2018 to improve the lives of immigrants through drawing up proposals.

The immigrant advisory commission for the Italian city of Naples took office on Thursday, February 25.

The purpose of the commission is to create an "institutional space of self-determination" for migrants, associations, and those working to assist them.

After years in the making, 20 associations involved in the commission took part in the body's first meeting on Thursday along with councillor in charge of immigration, Marco Gaudini.

Tasked with drawing up proposals

The commission will be working alongside a body known as the 'Tavolo Migranti', which for years has been a way for the city administration to connect with associations working on the ground on this issue whenever the need arises.

The immigrant advisory commission is tasked with drawing up proposals to improve the living conditions of migrants and immigrants in its territory and to express, when requested to do so by the town council, non-binding opinions on all matters and planning linked to migration and immigration.

Next meeting on 11/3

The next meeting will be a March 11 videoconference during which an organization will be decided on that will be working for ''inclusion and new citizenships" policies.

"Today a new direction has been taken for the strengthening of the network of all those working to improve the conditions of the migrant population" in Italy, Gaudini said.

He added that "the public health emergency has further accentuated the many fragilities in this context and it is thus the task and duty of the institutions to undertake all actions useful towards facilitating and supporting these directions for integration and support of migrants."

 

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