Screenshot from a video of presentation of the professional handbook published by UNICEF | Source: UNICEF Italia
Screenshot from a video of presentation of the professional handbook published by UNICEF | Source: UNICEF Italia

The Italian chapter of UNICEF has released a handbook to help young migrants and refugees find work or the right schooling in Italy. The goal is to support the thousands of teens who arrive without their families each year.

UNICEF, in cooperation with the Italian ministry of labor and social policies, released a new handbook with practical advice aimed at helping young refugees and migrants find employment in Italy on Tuesday (June 21).

This year alone, over 14,000 unaccompanied foreign minors arrived in Italy, UNICEF explained in a statement. Over half of them were 17 or 18 -- and thus at an age where many are expected to transition into the job market. This can be particularly difficult for them -- without speaking Italian fluently, without a deep knowledge of Italian culture, and without the immediate support of their families.

85% of teens would like more info on the job market

In a recent survey by U-Report on the Move -- a platform aimed at young migrants and refugees in Italy -- more than 85% of participants asked for more information on professional orientation and about 70% said they were uninformed or unsure about labor rights, according to UNICEF.

The handbook is aimed at giving practical advice in an easy-to-understand language.

The book walks teens through the steps neccessary to find a good job and/or receive a good education.

The guide explains how to prepare a CV and apply for a job, as well as what rights workers have.

The different paths onto the job market

It also explains the "training pathways to find work in Italy" -- the fact that everyone in Italy is expected to finish middle school, and then some people join the job market, while others continue to high school and then join the job market or continue on to university.

The handbook also includes a list of contacts and useful addresses for advice and support.

A previous version of the handbook was released in 2017 in cooperation with NGO Intersos in hosting centers, the current version has been updated.

UNICEF said that the new version would be available in eight languages (Italian, English, French, Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Pashtu and Ukrainian) thusfar their website offers Italian, French, English and Ukrainian versions (as of Thursday afternoon).


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