A conference on the reception and inclusion of young migrants in Europe was held in Palermo on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd November: “Beyond the emergency: quality of care for children and youth on the move across Europe”. The attendees had the opportunity to take a closer look at three projects under the initiative “Never Alone, for a possible tomorrow”.
The conference Beyond the emergency: quality of care for children and youth on the move across Europe was held in Palermo, at the Ecomuseo Mare, on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd November, 2017: an event centred on the reception and inclusion of young migrants in Europe, organized by the EPIM network (European Programme for Integration and Migration) within the framework of the initiative Never Alone –Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe.
At the opening of the event, the Municipality of Palermo welcomed the almost sixty attendees: among the speakers, Mr Pasquale D’Andrea (Guarantor for Childhood and Adolescence of the City of Palermo), and Mr Giuseppe Mattina (Palermo City Council Member Responsible for the Inclusive Citizenship, Dignity and the Right to Housing, and Common Assets).
With front meetings and workshops, the event brought together for an open discussion the various Foundations working on the theme of foreign unaccompanied minors in Belgium, Germany, Greece, and Italy and the experts, operators, researchers, organizations and administrators at local, national and EU level. The focus item in the conference agenda was sharing experiences, expertise and best practices of reception at European level.
Thanks to site visits, the attendees had the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the projects of reception in Palermo. The three projects involved were all sponsored by the italian initiative Never Alone, for a possible tomorrow.
The attendees to the EPIM conference visited the House of Cooperation (Via Ponte di Mare 49, Palermo), going deeper into the projects carried out by M.A.P.NET. This project is working to develop a specific host system, able to respond effectively and timely to the needs of girls and minors at risk of trafficking.
Among the various venues, there was also the Saint Francis centre, where the Isituto Don Calabria is present with its operators within the framework of Foreign unaccompanied minors and young adults: inclusion and autonomy actions project.
The last visit was made to the Ballarò district, in between the Saint Clare Oratory, the ARCI centre Porco Rosso and the Moltivolti space: all gathering places for meetings and inclusion where the project Harraga Guys is wholeheartedly carrying out its mission.
“Beyond the emergency: quality of care for children and youth on the move across Europe”: the pictures of the conference