Old and new migrations – The key to reception and integration/interaction

The Meeting “Old and new migrations – The key to reception and integration/interaction” organized by the President of IW Club of Foligno, Franca Di Cesare Romagnoli on March 11th 2016 was attended by the President of the National Council of Italy, Lella Bottigelli, District 209 Chairman, Daniela Soderi, many IW authorities and members and very important speakers.

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They discussed the problems experienced by Italian people when migrating to the USA between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, comparing them with the problems affecting today the new migrants who flee from poverty or from wars and move to Italy and the Western European countries.

The “displacement” caused by living in a completely different reality, without any reference point is accentuated by social exclusion because they don’t know the language of their new country. Therefore it is essential to play a role to start a process of integration based on the dignity of the migrant. Tiziana Grassi, a journalist and an expert of migrations, responsible for the communication department of the Italian Ministry of Health, reminded the audience that when a migrant leaves his country, he abandons three mothers: the biological mother – the mother Earth – the mother-tongue.

The dramatical experience of Italian migrants was outlined by Professor Catia Monacelli, Director of the Regional Museum “Piero Conti” and of the Museum of Citt di Gualdo Tadino where are kept anagraphic documents, postcards, letters, pictures, travel documents of our migrants testifying the difficulties and homesickness they suffered from at the time of this important migration involving 27 millions of Italians!

Professor Alberto Sorbini, Head of the Institute for Umbria contemporary history, illustrated that migrations also involved food habits: each group of migrants brought food habits with them and consequently they felt the need – as it was the case for Italian migrants to the USA - to meet other migrants coming from the same regions to have Sunday lunch together and eat typical, traditional food. Even today the migrant who arrives in Italy, doesn’t give up to his own habits to keep his identity alive. Given the high number of migrants in our territories, there are a lot of shops selling products to satisfy the needs of the various ethnic communities, differently from what happened to our migrants who took their olive oil or typical regional vegetables with them to retain their taste and memory.

The aim of sharing common problems with other associations was at the base of this meeting. As in the past the collaboration with Unesco Foligno Club stemmed from their interest towards common issues, typical of their respective “missions” such as old and new migrations, reception, solidarity,comparison of cultures.

The human rights, based on the “Declaration of Human Rights” represent the main interest of Inner Wheel and Unesco Clubs of Foligno, the main objectives of which are international peace and cooperation through a deeper knowledge of various cultures, past and present problems of their own and other countries and of the cultural heritage of humanity.

This meeting represented a small but useful contribution to set up the necessary conditions to welcome the “other” recognizing the primary roles of knowledge and a thorough analysis to prevent any superficial judgement of the situation. To begin with, it was highlighted that it was absolutely necessary to give a contribution in order to stimulate the interest of local communities by means of conferences, debates, workshops, interaction with schools, diffusion of information, civic and democratic formation of young people and citizens.

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