A view of Lerici, in the gulf of La Spezia | Photo: ARCHIVIO/ANSA
A view of Lerici, in the gulf of La Spezia | Photo: ARCHIVIO/ANSA

A project launched in La Spezia, in the northwestern Liguria region, offers Ukrainian refugees the possibility of accepting seasonal jobs in the restaurant business and in hotels.

A project vies to overcome seasonal labor shortages in the northwestern city of La Spezia and around while promoting the integration of Ukrainian refugees.

The initiative is organized by the prefecture of La Spezia, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and business associations, organizers said on Thursday, May 26.

Adult refugees who apply will be offered the possibility of having a three-month contract in the restaurant or hotel business, with the sole obligation of attending an Italian language course.

"Companies complain, in particular this year, about a significant shortage of personnel in many sectors, especially in tourism", explained Giuseppe Menchelli, the director of retailers' association Confcommercio in La Spezia.

Project aimed at those who want to stay

Meetings have been scheduled in La Spezia and other areas of the province like Sarzana and Levanto for business owners who are looking for personnel: refugees will be able to compile a questionnaire that functions as a CV.

"This will allow us, in a future perspective, to regulate the offer based on the experience these people have. The project is aimed in particular at those who are not planning to stay for a short period of time", said the prefect Maria Luisa Inversini.

The language course is a first point of departure for a potential exam to obtain Italian citizenship. "Compared to other types of migration, Ukrainians generally have a high-level education and they learn fast", stressed Andrea Minghi of the provincial education center for adults.

Overall, 608 Ukrainian have arrived in La Spezia and its province since the start of the war. Half of them are minors.


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