14th January 2018, World Day of Migrants and Refugees

12/01/2018 - Press release
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14th January 2018, World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Eight projects to ensure a possible tomorrow for minors who are in Italy alone: ​​all project initiatives  selected under the national call Never Alone 2016 to promote the autonomy and inclusion of young migrants, ensuring full respect of children's rights.

«Accepting, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees»: this is Pope Francis’ message for  " World Day of Migrants and Refugees ", which is celebrated on 14th January 2018. One of the themes is the protection and support of unaccompanied minors, girls and boys who are in Italy alone, without assistance and representation from parents or other adults legally responsible for them. The presence of unaccompanied minors in Italy and in all European countries is constantly growing. The data relating to unaccompanied minors who have been reported to authorities and are present and recorded in the Italian reception facilities according to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies show an increase from  2014 to 2017: on 31st December 2015 there were 12,000 unaccompanied minors and at the end of 2017 there were about 18,000. They are predominantly male (93%) and are aged between 15 and 17 (93.2%).

Fondazione Cariplo, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CON IL SUD, Enel Cuore, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmiodi Torino, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Fondazione Peppino Vismara havecombined efforts in the "Never Alone, for a possible tomorrow" initiative, which promotes a series of actions in Italy aimed at fostering the autonomy and inclusion of young migrants.

In 2016, the foundations launched the first edition of the Call for " Accoglienza e accompagnamento dei minori e giovani stranieri non accompagnati che arrivano in Italia soli (Welcome and Accompaniment of Minors and Unaccompanied Foreign Youth Arriving in Italy alone)",  which now supports eight projects with €3.5 million.

Ongoing since April 2017, the projects propose ways to support autonomy in the transition to adulthood, strengthening and spreading the practice of foster care and voluntary guardians, the reception of girls, to guarantee a future for minors arriving alone in Italy.