HOW CARITAS HELPS MIGRANTS IN ITALY
Italy is one of the frontline countries in the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Over 70,000 migrants arrived in Italy by sea in the first six months of 2016.
Caritas organisations in around 220 Italian dioceses throughout Italy reach out to migrants while at sea and as soon as they land by giving them food, lodging, legal and medical help. Caritas then invests in migrants' present and future with passion and imagination from giving them bicycles to get to work, to teaching them how to make wine and grow saffron.
Here are some examples.

WARM UP

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Caritas works with the Italian coastguard to distribute kits on the boats that save the migrants which contain tracksuits, underwear, socks and shoes.
Read more in Italian.

CARITS VENTIMIGLIA-SANREMO

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Refugees and migrants stranded on the Franco-Italian border found shelter in Sant’Antonio church and were welcomed by Caritas receiving food, clothes, hygiene items, Italian lessons. Caritas has warned that human dignity is threatened in Ventimiglia.
Watch film.
Read more.

CARITAS MELFI

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Presidio means protection in Italian and this Caritas project protects migrant agricultural workers in Italy.
Read the 2015 Presidio report (in Italian).

CARITAS FOGGIA

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Presidio means protection in Italian and this Caritas project protects migrant agricultural workers in Italy.
Read the 2015 Presidio report (in Italian).

CARITAS ACERENZA

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Presidio means protection in Italian and this Caritas project protects migrant agricultural workers in Italy.
Read the 2015 Presidio report (in Italian).

CARITAS TEGGIANO

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Presidio means protection in Italian and this Caritas project protects migrant agricultural workers in Italy.
Read the 2015 Presidio report (in Italian).

CARITAS OPPIDO

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Presidio means protection in Italian and this Caritas project protects migrant agricultural workers in Italy.
Read the 2015 Presidio report (in Italian).

CARITAS NARDÒ

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Support agricultural migrant workers by donating a bicycle as part of the Presidio project.
Read more (in Italian).

CARITAS SALUZZO

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Presidio means protection in Italian and this Caritas project protects migrant agricultural workers in Italy.
Read the 2015 Presidio report (in Italian).

CARITAS CASERTA

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Caritas Caserta fights trafficking and protects migrant workers' rights through the Presidio project.
See a short film on trafficking made in collaboration with Caritas Caserta.

CARITAS TRANI

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Presidio means protection in Italian and this Caritas project protects migrant agricultural workers in Italy.
Read the 2015 Presidio report (in Italian).

ROMA

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Pope Francis in a speech to diocesan Caritas organisations in Italy: "... your work is precious: work which, next to the supportive approach, tends to give preference to choices which favour greater integration among foreign populations and Italian citizens...".
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ASSISI

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Homily by Pope Francis on a visit to Assisi 4th October 2013: "Let us respect each human being. May there be an end to armed conflicts which cover the earth with blood; may the clash of arms be silenced; and everywhere may hatred yield to love, injury to pardon, and discord to unity." Read more.

ROMA

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Pope Francis meets migrants helped by Caritas Florence at St Peter's in Rome. Watch video.

FIRENZE

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Pope Francis eats with migrants at Caritas Florence soup kitchen.
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LAMPEDUSA

Papa Francesco Lampedusa Pope Francis warned of "the globalisation of indifference" when 359 migrants drowned near here in 2013. Read homily.

POPE FRANCIS

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Pope Francis on a flight back from visiting migrants in Lesvos, Greece: "One aspect of that responsibility is this: how we can integrate these people and ourselves. I have always said that building walls is not a solution. We saw one fall in the last century. It resolves nothing. We must build bridges." Read more.

CARITAS ROMA

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Over 15,000 un-accompanied underage migrants were in Italy in 2015. Caritas Rome gives a home and care to those who go to the capital.
Read more (in Italian).

CARITAS RAGUSA

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Refugees and migrants in Ragusa, Sicily, are taught techniques to grow saffron as part of the "Let's build knowledge" (Costruiamo saperi) project.
Read more (in Italian).

CARITAS TODI

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Refugees and asylum seekers are learn how to make Grechetto wine in Todi, Umbria as part of a Caritas project.
Read more

CARITAS AMBROSIANA

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Casa Suraya run by Caritas Ambrosiana offers emergency help to migrants and refugees, including food, lodging, clothes, as well as legal, bureaucratic and medical assistance.
Read more

CARITAS PALERMO

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Caritas Palermo runs a farm outside the Sicilian capital where migrants and unemployed Italians raise animals, grow vegetables and learn techniques useful for future jobs. The focus is on the promotion of migrants and Italians living together.
Read more (in Italian).
PROJECTS
Warm Up
Migrants saved from boats in the Mediterranean are dehydrated, burnt by the sun and terrified after risking their lives to travel in dangerous and cramped conditions towards an unknown destiny. Caritas works with international search and rescue operations to distribute kits on the boats that save the migrants which contain tracksuits, underwear, socks and shoes. Children’s kits also contain toys. Read more in Italian.
Presidio
"Presidio" means protection in Italian and this Caritas project protects migrant agricultural workers in Italy. These workers are vulnerable to physical, mental and sexual abuse, they’re often under-paid or not paid at all and their rights are trampled on. Presidio is present in 18 dioceses and offers medical and legal assistance to migrant workers as well as counselling and helps them with work issues. Over half the migrants helped are from West Africa. Read more in Italian.
Un rifugiato a casa mia (A refugee in my home)
In 2015, Pope Francis invited each Italian parish to take in a refugee family. Caritas offers families the opportunity for families and individuals to open up their homes and share their lives with refugees and people seeking asylum for from 6-9 months. The aim of the project is to create an environment of inclusion and to facilitate integration in Italian society.
Training for migrants and refugees
A number of Caritas organisations in Italy offer training programmes to refugees and migrants as part of their efforts to encourage integration and help them build a future. Here are some examples:

Wine Making – Refugees and asylum seekers are learn how to make Grechetto wine in Todi, Umbria as part of a Caritas project supported by the UN refugee agency and the anti-Mafia organisation Libero. The project also sees the refugees make olive oil. Read more (in Italian).

Solidarity farm – Caritas Palermo runs a farm outside the Sicilian capital where migrants and unemployed Italians raise animals, grow vegetables and learn techniques useful for future jobs. The focus is on the promotion of migrants and Italians living together. Read more (in Italian).

Saffron cultivation – Saffron is one of the world’s most expensive spices and a key ingredient to one of Italy’s favourite dishes ’risotto alla milanese’. Refugees and migrants in Ragusa, Sicily are taught techniques to grow saffron and they can also learn dry stone walling and other agricultural techniques, as part of the "Let’s build knowledge" (Costruiamo saperi) project. Read more (in Italian)

University degree – Refugees and asylum seekers have the opportunity to apply for a grant to study for a university degree in Italy. The grants are given in memory of Lê Quyê n Ngô Dì nh, Caritas Rome’s former head of migration services, who herself had been a migrant from Vietnam in the 1960s. Read more (in Italian).
How to help
Ethical tourism: Caritas Greece and Italy offer the chance to travel along the migrant route in Greece, meet migrants and understand the difficulty they face in their ethical tourism project.
Pilgrims can also visit communities helping migrants and offer solidarity along the route of St Paul.

Volunteer: volunteer with Caritas In Italy

Donate: if you want to donate to diocesan Caritas organisations please click here to find their contacts.
To donate to Caritas Italiana please click here.
Contact
For further information please contact:
Michelle Hough +39 06 6987 9752 or +39 334 234 4136 hough@caritas.va