Twenty-four migrants who have applied for asylum or benefit from international protection in Italy will participate in a training near Siena (Tuscany) to learn how to harvest grapes and olives in Brunello wine country.
Twenty-four young asylum seekers and internationally protected migrants will learn one of the oldest and most valuable trades – harvesting – in the world-famous Brunello red wine country, Montalcino, in the south of Tuscany.
The project was activated on May 6 in a local company and aims to provide vocational training to migrants, help them find employment in the agricultural sector and develop their knowledge in grape and olive harvesting.
The six-month EU-funded project is called Icare (Integration and Community Care of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Emergencies) and is coordinated by the San Francesco-based social agricultural cooperative, based in Siena.
Guarantee the health of migrants
The 24 people participating in the project come from nine countries: Togo, Mali, Pakistan, Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Benin, Gambia.
One of the objectives of the initiative is to “support the psychological and physical health of the person through vocational training, ensuring practical and theoretical knowledge that can be used in the territory to find stable employment,” said in a statement from the local health authority ASL in south-eastern Tuscany, which is in charge of the implementation of the project.
“The first objective is to guarantee the health of migrants in the broad sense of the world, such as psychological and physical well-being,” said Lia Simonetti, director of social services at the local ASL.
“In this framework, we have linked physical health to actions aimed at improving mental and psychological health and avoiding isolation, choosing training activities to help them find a job. European funding has supported the project Simonetti continued, adding that a company and a cooperative provided professional support.
“The objective is to promote an approach to the labor market with all the guarantees of training and security,” she noted.
Work for effective integration
Nicola Perice, president of the San Francesco cooperative, declared that “employment is the first step to foster a process of real integration”.
“Our goal is to raise the quality of training for these people so that they can become self-sufficient for companies that always need well-prepared workers. Thanks to the foresight of the region and the Southeast Tuscany ASL, we carried out this project to help them. young people, ”Perice said.
The company participating in this project is located in Casale del Bosco, in the Montalcino region. The owner of the company, Emilia Nardi, explained this choice: “It is an initiative which reflects the DNA of our family. Work is fundamental for each of us and I think it is an important opportunity for the training and integration of these people. “