May 06, 2012, Chisinau – The first information and awareness raising campaign “Nobody is Alone on the Earth” will be implemented in Italy for Moldovan migrants throughout May – October 2012. This campaign is part of 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.
Organized with the direct support and involvement of nine Moldovan Diaspora Associations in Italy, the campaign aims to offer Moldovan migrants comprehensive information related to legal, economic, social, psychological and cultural aspects of their stay in Italy. Moreover, during the campaign Moldovan migrants will have the possibility to benefit from assistance on legal documentation, employment, social services, family reintegration issues and psychological counseling. Moldovan citizens will learn about the risks of illegal migration and employment in Italy, as well as about domestic violence and will be provided with the information on hot lines/trust lines in Italy and Moldova. Also, Moldovan citizens will be informed about the services provided in the Republic of Moldova for protection of their children, integration into the labor market, business start-up trainings and small grants for youth, investing remittances and ways to receive a pension upon return. Hence, the campaign will build up a bridge between the country of origin – the Republic of Moldova and the country of destination – Italy, fortifying Moldovans’ link to their home country. read more...
Even though it is a social campaign, it comprises elements of art that promote its message, and namely the “Abandoned People” theatre play, written by Dumitru Crudu. The theatre play will be broadcasted in nine cities of Italy within the five regions with the highest concentration of Moldovans (Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Piemonte, and Lombardia). Each screening will be followed by discussions with the audience, where Moldovan citizens will have the opportunity to share their experiences of life, work and integration into the Italian society. For their part, Italian citizens will become familiar with the live, experiences and concerns of Moldovan immigrants, many of whom (mostly women) are employed by Italian families as caregivers or houseworkers.
The campaign was launched on 6 May 2012 in Mestre and will be followed by eight other cities: Bologna (27 May), Torino (10 June), Reggio Emilia (to be established in June), Brescia (8 July), Treviso (16 September), Rovigo (30 September), Padova (to be established in October), and Rome (to be established in October).
Recognized as one of the main countries of destination, Italy hosts more than 130 000 Moldovan migrants, who have left their home country looking for a better life, so as to ensure the future of their children and families left behind in Moldova. As a result, thousands of children are left without care, attention, support, and parental affection, and this has a negative impact on their emotional, psychological, and social states. The decision to leave one’s home and family is never easy, Moldovan migrants have to cope daily with multiple difficulties related to their lives and work in a foreign society. Frequently, they do not know the language and traditions of the community they live in, having no access to information and support in integration.
Thus, besides the awareness raising campaign in Italy, a number of other activities and initiatives in the field of protecting Moldovan migrants and their families in Moldova are implemented. These activities contribute to developing the capacities of socio-educational centers for minors in the Republic of Moldova and offer direct support to 12 socio-educational centers which will provide social assistance services to children left without parental care. Besides it, the project foresees a series of trainings of trainers for professionals from Moldovan vocational schools provided by the National Association of Italian Communes. Another important component of the project is promoting economic opportunities amid Moldovan youth by offering vocational training to 100 vulnerable youth, business start-up trainings and 40 non-cash grants. Strengthening the capacities of the responsible authorities to address the negative effects of labour migration on children and families left behind is also one of the important components of the project. Last but not least, the direct medical, psychosocial, educational and legal assistance will be provided to at least 200 children left behind within the project.
All project activities are possible thanks to the financial support from the European Union and Ministry of Labour and Social Policies of Italy.
For more information in Italy:
+ 39 380 73 21603/ + 39 329 4754598
Tour timetable on the sites: www.iom.md ; www.lavoro.gov.it,
www.assomoldaveroma.blogspot.com; www.moldinit.com or on the Facebook page “Nascut in Moldova”
For more information in Moldova:
Nelea Motriuc, Communication Assistant, IOM, e-mail:
; tel: +373 22 23 29 40/41 (ext. 112), web: www.iom.md