During 30 March – 1 April 2012, 12 leaders of Moldovan Diaspora Associations established in Italy gathered in Bologna to participate in a training of trainers, organized by the International Organization for Migration, Mission to Moldova. The training meant to enable participants to successfully organize and implement the forthcoming awareness raising campaign for Moldovan migrants in Italy entitled “Nobody is alone on the earth”.
During the training, the 12 Diaspora representatives learned how to facilitate discussions with their fellow migrants, correctly communicate the message of the campaign, work with awareness raising materials, promote the campaign and organize the event in their cities. “This campaign is an important step forward. It takes our work with Diaspora Associations in Italy to a new level, leading to their consolidation, empowerment and better cooperation. Before, all projects and initiatives in the field of migration were mainly organized in Moldova, for Moldovan citizens. Now, however, the situation has changed and we are glad to see that there are more initiatives for Moldovan migrants in Italy. We see that someone cares about us and this encourages us to continue improving the lives of our citizens here in Italy and their families in Moldova” –Olga Coptu from “Gazeta Basarabiei” (the newspaper for Moldovan migrants in Italy) mentioned during the training. read more...
Italy represents the main destination country for Moldovan migrants in Europe, hosting more than 131 000 of them. The “Nobody is alone on the earth” campaign aims at building bridges between the countries of origin and destination. Thus, it will address the needs of and offer opportunities to thousands of Moldovan citizens who have left their homes and families in search of a better life abroad. The first of its kind, the campaign has an original artistic approach, based on the “Abandoned People” theatre play, written by Dumitru Crudu. Inspired by life stories of Moldovan migrants living and working in Italy the play reveals the risks and dangers of irregular migration and its negative consequences for migrants and their families.
The campaign will be organized and carried out with the direct support of Moldovan Diaspora Associations in nine Italian cities with the highest concentration of Moldovan migrants: Mestre, Padova, Treviso, Rovigo, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Brescia, Torino and Roma. The campaign will be implemented during six months, being launched in Mestre on the 6th of May and closed in Rome in early October 2012. Every screening of the “Abandoned People” play will be followed by discussions with the audience, facilitated by the training participants. This will provide the opportunity to Moldovan migrants to express their views and concerns, as well as receive reliable information regarding the legal, social, psychological, economic and cultural aspects of their stay in Italy.
The campaign will be implemented within the “Addressing the negative effects of migration on minors and families left behind” project, funded by the European Union, co- funded and implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies of Italy in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family of the Republic of Moldova and the International Organization for Migration, Mission to Moldova.