Progetto melting Pot Europa make Public Peal for the opening of a humanitarian corridor for the European right of asylum: “we ask the European institutions to immediately start working in order to activate a humanitarian corridor towards Europe…We ask the Italian institutions, the Presidents of Parlamento and Senato and the Ministers of the Republic, to immediately take on this request”
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More than 100 migrants died in Lampedusa shipwreck. Many organizations and individuals are organizing sit-ins, meetings, events of commemoration, also with the aim to protest against the current immigration legislation.The reactions in the italian press are different, most of them overflowing with discriminatory and racist demagogy +info
A very sadly ironic article about “veiled” forms of racism found on italian sns after Lampedusa’ facts. The journalist has collected tweets and comments playing on the expression “I’m not racist but …”. +info
‘Representatives of 17 European Union countries have gathered in Rome to condemn the “unacceptable” stream of racist insults directed at Cécile Kyenge, the Italian minister for integration, and call for a new pact to stamp out discrimination across the bloc.’
Italy has just made a step ahead in fighting discrimination against foreign workers, and finally complied – with delay – with European legislation. From September 4th, also immigrants to whom Italian citizenship has not been granted yet can apply for jobs in Public Administration. However, the law imposes two restrictions: first of all, only foreign nationals holding a residence card (carta di soggiorno), refugee status or subsidiary protection status (status di protezione sussidiaria) can take part in state competitions for access to jobs in PA. Secondly, they cannot apply for jobs that imply the exercise of state powers. This means that there will be no foreign nationals among the members of the police, the judiciary or the military; however, it will be possible to find immigrants who teach in Italian state schools, are employed by municipal offices or take care of patients in hospitals.”
In a very short time and at a very short distance, in the province of Bergamo and in the province of Novara, the parents of some Italian pupils withdrew their children from school because there were many foreign children in class and foreign children were then transferred to other schools. Lega Nord uses the opportunity to reiterate the proposal of setting up “separate classes for foreign children who do not know Italian”.
Italy’s National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR) investigated 1,283 cases of discrimination in 2012, up 61% on the year, according to its Contact Center. The UNAR emphasized that the data could indicate a higher sensitivity to possible discrimination by the public at large and a greater tendency to report. The majority of complaints, 19.6%, came from the northern Lombardy region around Milan, followed by 14.4% in the central Lazio region around Rome