Topic 1 Presentation of a best practice in Italy and discussion, main takeaways, key elements to adopt, and similar case studies in Italy

The best practice of the “Polo Sociale Integrato”

The Polo Sociale Integrato of Palermo is an activity financed by the Special Immigration Office of the Sicily Region, as part of Su.Pr.Eme. Italy. It started its activities in February 2022.

The target group are migrants and also the vulnerable groups of third country national such as women, single parents, exploited workers and disabled people.

The main objectives are: emersion of undeclared work, support for the integration of foreign communities and assistance to access public services in the territory.

Women TCNs receive support in finding a job and they can also have assistance in understanding the employment contract and the legal consequences of a formal agreement.

The process of implementing the activities related to women TCNs’ integration into the local labour market

Organize a strong communication campaign, through social media, leaflets and local events, to reach the target group.

Support to the first beneficiaries. They were very satisfied with their help and so, they have shared with their contacts the good experiences they had with the Polo Sociale Integrato

Contact local companies and present the profile of foreign workers

Creation of YouTube videos about international protection in Italy and setting up a business

Open reflection

Which could be the lessons that could be learned from this best practice?

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Another best practice in Italy: the project ‘Re-Lab: start-up your business’

The ‘Re-Lab’ project was born from the initiative of a partnership led by the International Training Centre of the ILO, with the participation of the Microfinance and Development Association, the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR), Micro Progress and the Municipality of Venice.

The main objective was to promote socio-economic integration and the full realisation of persons enjoying international protection. It was done through a systemic action that would provide ad hoc business creation paths enabling the recipients to develop their individual entrepreneurial skills and, at the same time, to make good use of previous experiences.

Between 2012 and 2014, 341 holders of international protection were involved in the project. 98 participants successfully completed the entrepreneurial development training producing 53 business plans.

At the end of the project, 14 business ideas were financed and accompanied to start-up through an individual mentoring service.

To know more about the project…