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" 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.
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.
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:
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
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
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