Foreign minors given 'passport' for rights
ANSAmed - 04/08/2014
Foreign minors sometimes arrive in Italy alone, after an excruciating trip. They are fleeing their home countries, where wars, dictatorships and poverty give no hope for the future. They arrive and feel afraid, lost. Their final destination is at times northern Europe, where they will be joining relatives or friends. Unaccompanied foreign minors in Italy were an estimated 10,000 at the end of June and, with constant landings over the summer, their number is expected to grow. Many flee in order to continue to travel illegally, their lives in peril (almost 2,000 have been reported missing).
The children's rights authority has thus organized a ''Welcome kit'' which will be distributed to children and teens right after they arrive in Italy, thanks to the support of associations, institutions, communities welcoming migrants, as well as authorities safeguarding children and adolescents from regions and provinces.
The kit, translated into four languages - Italian, English, French and Arabic - includes information and images explaining the potential situations the young migrants can come across in Italy, their rights, translating basic words into Italian and a notebook to write down things.