Welcoming migrants into our homes – Regina Catrambone

Very often, when we analyze the migratory phenomenon outside the rhetoric of urgency, we continue to focus on the disembarkation phase and on the initial management of flows.

Anything after arrivals that is placed in the reception phase receives less attention. This is why I believe that a personal reflection on the importance of initiatives and gestures aimed at inclusion within the host society is necessary.

To be included is to feel that you belong to a group and have access to fundamental rights in a dimension of openness and sharing.

On the contrary, non-participation in the life of the community engenders exclusion.

Migrants living in a State other than their country of origin are too often confined in marginal situations which make inclusion very complicated.

For this reason, it is important to analyze and put into practice tools and initiatives that can create a better, pluralistic, welcoming and open society.

With this in mind, MOAS has created the Family Hosting Project in Malta, a hosting project that enables families to host migrants in their homes, offering them support and assistance to help them integrate into Maltese society. .

The first family to join the annual project welcomed Samuel, a 21-year-old man who arrived in Malta from South Sudan, into their home.

Throughout the year, Samuel continues his studies in the hope of one day becoming a doctor, the dream of his life.

The project is an experience of mutual growth that emphasizes the importance of sharing that arises from the encounter between different cultures and realities. This is a pilot initiative which highlights the need to work together to overcome discrimination and prejudice within the Maltese community.

A similar project, which you can join without having to host someone at home, is that of sponsorship.

The first family to join the project welcomed Samuel, a 21-year-old man who arrived in Malta from South Sudan, into their home.– Regina Catrambone

The program designed by the MOAS, which will begin next September, is aimed at people and families wishing to accompany a young person between 18 and 30 years old for a period of one year. The support provider (sponsor/mentor) agrees to support a person from the migrant community who is undergoing or would participate in some kind of training or education.

The sponsor will facilitate the social integration of the young person by accompanying and accompanying him in the development of various skills.

MOAS will facilitate the project by offering meetings with a social worker, advice on the administrative formalities of training and study courses, tablets and connections for those who do not have them and all kinds of assistance to facilitate two parts if necessary.

The project aims to establish links between the migrant community and the local community by creating a model of society based on reciprocity and enrichment, which arises from the encounter between people of different origins.

Growth, inclusion, reception and sponsorship projects are different tools that show us the importance of the involvement of civil society in migration and integration issues, the strength inherent in each small gesture for improve, in the host country, the lives of those who have been forced to flee and abandon their land.

For those interested in participating in the foster family project and sponsorship projects as a host family, sponsor or beneficiary, you can obtain more information by contacting us at [email protected] For those who wish to support them, it is possible to make a donation at www.moas.eu/donate/.

Regina Catrambone is co-founder of Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS).

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