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The Calais “Jungle” is the nickname given to a refugee and migrant encampment in the vicinity of Calais, France, where migrants and refugees live. Many living in this camp attempt to illegally enter the UK via the Port of Calais or the Eurotunnel by stowing away on lorries, ferries, cars, or trains traveling to the UK. The camp gained global attention during the European refugee and migrant crisis when the population of the camp grew and French authorities carried out evictions.

Calais’ “jungle”, a sprawling camp now home to up to 10,000 migrants hoping to reach Britain, is to be totally torn down “by the end of the year”, the French government confirmed on Friday night.

However, truckers, local farmers and businesses said that despite the pledge they will go ahead with a planned operation to block the A16 motorway to and from the Channel port and Eurotunnel site on Monday.

“It would be better if they put off their trip as I can guarantee it will be a black day in terms of travel. The truckers will set of two convoys from Boulogne and Dunkirk and then block Calais. Everything will be stuck,” said a local police source.

 

Alors que les autorités françaises sont déterminées à démanteler la “Jungle” de Calais, la tension ne cesse de monter autour du camp. Démolir le camp, et ensuite? Le démantèlement n’est pas une solution, et les réfugiés “libérés” devront être abrités ailleurs, estime Julie Lavayssière de l’association Utopia56 dans un entretien à Sputnik.

PHILIPPE HUGUEN Calais: Cazeneuve marche sur des œufs Selon le ministre de l’Intérieur Bernard Cazeneuve, le gouvernement poursuivra, et avec la plus grande détermination, le démantèlement de la “Jungle” de Calais. Mais la démolition du camp est-elle vraiment une solution? Mme Lavayssière ne le pense pas. “Cela ne ferait qu’éclater la Jungle en des dizaines de petits camps autour. Le problème serait toujours le même, par contre le travail des associations, de la municipalité et de la police n’en serait que plus compliqué”. D’autant plus que ces gens ne vont pas partir et qu’ils demanderont l’asile, dit en écho Maya Konforti de l’association “l’Auberge des migrants”.

En savoir plus: https://fr.sputniknews.com/france/201609031027598328-jungle-calais-demolition-consequences/

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It has been just over a week since my return from Lesvos and I am still trying to process all that I learned and witnessed during my short stay helping out as a volunteer nurse.  The situation has not changed with the changing temperatures and political climate.  Refugees in the thousands are still making that perilous trip across choppy waters from Turkey to Greece in the hope of making a new life in Europe.  The political situation has changed somewhat. The EU is no long registering N. Africans, Iranians and Asians as they once were, creating a backlog of innocent and frustrated migrants on the island and elsewhere in Greece.  Today, only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans are allowed to pass through Greece and on towards other European countries.  Whereas these are bona fide refugees, many have come without documents to prove their countries of origin, and although they may be Hazara from Afghanistan their language is Farsi, so they can easily be labeled as Iranians and not allowed to continue their voyage.  There are very few translators in the camps who can help the local police with the registration process, so people are mislabeled, told they must be held until they can be deported and given only the necessities that volunteers can provide while they wait.

I had the privilege of working with the ragtag group of volunteers who came to help out on “Afghan hill” or Moria camp, where everyone but Syrians were directed to wait, sometimes for as much as 5 days, until they could be properly processed.  The clinic where we were working was well-run and professional. We saw hundreds of refugees a day, some still soaked through from their trips on the rubber boats, many with severe anxiety reactions, sore throats, viruses or just in need of a little bit of concerned care.  We had some translators, but they were few and often we relied on hand gestures to ascertain what the medical problem was. Often we could find a refugee who spoke that language as well as English. The refugees were all very happy to help us out.  I saw too many grown men weep when they tried to explain their trip while pulling out photos of loved ones lost.  I have no idea if those loved ones died during the trip or in their place of origin, but the memories of the sad parents or spouses of all those happy faces in the photos will haunt me forever.  There were children too traumatized to speak or to take a piece of candy that was offered. There were elderly people as well.  Many had come with their families, some alone as couples.  Once they were changed into dry clothing and given food, we were left trying to find a shelter for them and other vulnerable groups for the night.  The shelters (small camping tents)were few, so many were left to wait out the night next to a burning pile of plastic or the few branches that they could find.  Whereas the official “Syrian camp” was adjacent to ours (a walled compound manned by police), we did not mix.  If there was a more critical medical case, we brought those patients in wheelchairs (not an easy feat up the rutted grassless terrain) to be seen by Medecins san Frontiers or Medecins du Monde, which provided care in that gated and barb wired camp.  UNHCR was a presence there in the Syrian camp as well. I can’t say more than that.  There were two representatives in their tent and they were not seen at the shorelines where people were disembarking or swimming to the shore.  They did provide the many buses, which brought the newcomers to the camps each day.

I want to thank you all for your donations, kind thoughts and prayers, but most of all, I want to thank you for not forgetting about this tragedy that is unfolding.  These people need our help, not our derision. They are mostly innocent victims of bad political decisions. They represent all of us in some way or another.

I hope that this holiday season brings joy and peace to all of you and that the New Year can be one of hope for a better future for everyone.  Thank you again for your support.

Love and Peace, Anne

Have a look to this report:

Research Report Country Report INTERACT RR2014/05 The integration of migrants in Italy: an overview of policy instruments and actors by Elena Caneva from the Department of social and political studies, University of Milan

Seems Umbria offers higher standards of services: also a web site unfortunately only in Italian. Here an Abstract

 

“Despite the 2008 economic crisis and the increase in emigration flows, immigration to Italy has continued, albeit to a lesser extent than in previous years. In 2013 immigrants stood at 7.4% of the country population. Nevertheless, immigration is still considered a problem, even an emergency: political and public attention is often focused on illegal migration, whereas a well-structured integration policy discourse is nowhere to be seen. This paper offers an insight into this issue, giving an overview on integration policies in Italy: which social actors are involved in the formulation and implementation of these policies, and how the issue is discussed in public and political discourses. Mapping the main policy tools and social actors in migrant integration, the paper highlights how Italian integration policies are mostly concentrated on economic integration, whereas social and cultural policies remain marginal. The paper also shows that a gap between policies and practices may occur, due to failed or absent policies, which is largely compensated for by the intervention of non-state actors.”

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a day in the med by Michele Berloco

Perugia, October 29 014 -Umbria is one of the Italian regions with the highest incidence of immigrants (+ 8.1% compared to the national average and 11.1% of the residents), mainly women (56%). But the region lies with a higher than the national average even for newborns (15.1%, 19.6% of births) and the presence of foreign students (almost 14,000 students, 14% of the total ), of which about 55% were born in Italy (the national average is 51.7%). Lower than the national average is instead given the Umbrian regarding the acquisition of Italian citizenship. And ‘what emerges from the “Statistical Report on Immigration 2014” in the chapter on Umbria, edited by Bigi and Francescaglia. The dossier, sponsored by the National Office Against Racial Discrimination, refers to 2013. Last year – according to the Report – foreigners living in Umbria were 99,922, of which 76,861 in the province of Perugia (which represent 11.6% of the local population) and 23,061 in the province of Terni (10.0%). Non-EU citizens residing legally is 68,715, of which 41,115 have allowed a long period (there were 37,845 at the end of 2012), while the rest has a permit to expire. Faced with a numerical presence of residents remained almost stable between 2012 and 2013, the proportion of domestic permits expire (decreased by about 3,000 units a year) and long-term permits (increased by almost 3,300) has changed considerably favor of the latter. This is explained on the one hand with the economic crisis has dampened growth of the flows, as confirmed by the decrease in the number of permits issued for the first time during the year (only in the province of Perugia’s been – according to data from the police headquarters – from 21,178 in 2012 to 19,650 in 2013, with a particular decrease of those for work: from about 15 thousand to just under 11,000), and the other with the search for a stabilization for himself and his family, as also indicates number of family reunification (13,300). Among the non-EU nationality represented more priority needs still Albania (16,209), followed by Morocco (10 928) and Ukraine (5,154). Among the EU, with about 23,113 residents, is Romania that confirmed its first place Umbria recording a new annual increase (they were 21,051 in 2012) after the peak reached in 2011 (24,321).
About 7,375 newborns in Umbria in 2013, while foreign (1,444, of which 1,156 in the province of Perugia and 288 in the province of Terni) accounted for 19.6% of the total with a figure above the national average (15.1% ). Are, finally, the acquisition of Italian citizenship 1,518 (1,174 in Perugia and 344 in Terni), averaging 15.8 per 1,000 foreign residents (the national average is 21.6 per thousand).
Over time, the socio-economic characteristics of the region have made Umbria very attractive for migrants, but with the economic crisis, the labor market has changed in Umbria, especially hard hit the component of male workforce (both Italian and foreign) . In 2013 new hires were down for immigrants (-1.3%) as they recovered slightly to Italians (0.7%) and unemployment is also increased more for foreigners than for natives (the rate of immigrants stood at 20.7%, nearly 12 points higher than that of Italian, 8.5%), so that foreigners now account for nearly a third of the unemployed. In 2013, for those born abroad, the balance between hiring and termination of employment was negative (surplus of discontinued) to 2,942 units, with the exception of the agricultural sector, with a particularly steep decline for the industry (-6 , 4%). Unlike the male presence of foreign women workers has continued to grow and, unlike a few years ago, in 2012 was much higher (17.1%) than men (11.8%). In Umbria, 12.2% of foreign-born is active in agriculture (against an overall average of 2.9%) and 35% in industry (28%), while “only” 48.2% in the tertiary (69.1%). The foreign workers for 57.5% are employed in community services and personal services, to 30% in the hotel business and catering. Among men ofoto(14)ver a third (33.6%) work in construction, 24.1% in agriculture and a fifth in the tourist-hotel sector.

As many as 71% of foreign-born workers are employed in micro businesses (1-9 employees), 47% in unskilled occupations (as in growth compared to the past), with lower wages on average by 30% compared to the Italians and monthly salaries that, as a result of the crisis, they have fallen more than those of the Italians (-8.4 percentage points versus -6.2).
Among the 15 most numerous nationalities of Umbria, the Chinese have the highest employment rate (68%); a rate still above 50% is held by the Tunisian authorities, Romanian, Macedonian, Moldovan and Indian, while a rate below 40% characterizes the Moroccan community, Ecuador and Nigeria.
Umbria firms immigrants are 7.8% of the total (national average 8.2%), with a positive balance between those initiated and closed during the year (+271 units, or + 3.3%; the the national average is 4.1%) and in contrast with the Italian companies (-1.4%), mainly in construction (31%) and trade (30%). Holders of individual firms (representing 80.4% of all those immigrants) come mostly from Morocco, Romania, Albania and China. And ‘the Romanian community to have sent more remittances to their country (21.6 million euro, 32.9% of the total amount left for other countries from the region: 65.7 million euro), followed by Moroccans ( 4.3 million), Albania (3.5 million), Ecuador (3 million).
With regard to the students of foreign origin, who in Umbria an incidence greater than 9.0% of the national average, the data confirm the strong presence of the second generation, with peak incidence in the nursery and primary schools (a trend confirmed in the last 4 years). Especially foreign students 3,645 are in pre-school (where they account for 15.3%, of which 89% were born in Italy); 5,781 in the primary (incidence of 14.8% to 71.1% were born in Italy); 3,637 in the secondary level (15.5%, of which 41.0% was born in Italy and 4,278 in the secondary level (11.6% to 15.6% were born in Italy). As for the address chosen in high school: 24.8% attended a high school (since an increase compared to previous years, which amounted to 34.8% in the province of Terni, against a national average of 20.4%), while the the vast majority has been moving towards a vocational school (36.6%, with a peak of 37.5% in the province of Perugia) or technical. The foreign students from Europe (10,575) account for 61.0% of the total and including stand Albanians (3,877), Romanians (3,609) and Macedonian (967). The Africans (3,884), mainly from Morocco (2447), Tunisia (281) and Algeria, accounting for 22.4% of the total, from the American 9% and Asia 7.5% of the total.

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A third of migrants received in Italy, excluding minors, is distributed in two regions: Sicily and Lazio, which host respectively 22% and 12% of the 73,883 total. The Veneto, however, is among the major regions of the North hosting fewer people, with 4%, while those with less migrants is the Valle d’Aosta, which is home to only 62, 0%.

The percentage is calculated based on the relationship between immigrants and population. The data is updated to May 6 and is contained in a table of the Interior Ministry where there is a breakdown by region of migrants in Cara centers for asylum seekers, in Sprar, the reception system for refugees, and temporary structures .

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Developing Medicine “as partner” at the FELCOS booth

From October 3 to 5, at the exhibition Umbriafiere of Bastia Umbra (PG), the first edition of the fair in central Italy, a market of the Italian productive excellence “green

Well-being and sustainability. 10 thematic areas, over 170 exhibitors and more than 200 free events, here are the numbers of FA LA COSA GIUSTA do the right thing! Umbria

the most important event dedicated to consumer awareness and sustainable lifestyles

10 exhibition areas, more than 170 booths and more than 200 free events including cultural events, seminars, demonstrations and workshops. And then a program of initiatives developed specifically for schools, and at the center of the exhibition market green with sustainable companies in central Italy (and not only).

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info@ramusoleae.org +39 3476668876

The Association Ramus Oleae administered by immigrants for immigrants, a partner of small farmers, volunteers and organizations, offers them the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for a successful integration in the area of Perugia. A series of programs will give support to refugees who would otherwise be without a job and marginalized by society.
The programs consist of:
Basic course in Italian language focused on work and job search strategies
• Training refunded in the care and maintenance of trees in collaboration with local farmers
• Opportunity to work within our network of farmers and producers in the agricultural sector
Cultural Mediation
Awakening awareness and intercultural awareness through workshops with the Umbra Institute
• Support medical, psychological and legal free or low cost offered by our network of volunteers

In addition, the organization plans to launch a social brand of olive oil, certified as organic and DOP. The programs listed above can be financed with the help of collateral, sponsorships from companies and individual donations.

In partnership with family-owned farms in the nature reserve of Lake Trasimeno, we hope to restore and give back to the production multitude of abandoned olive trees in the area. By doing this, we will try to give a new life to the production of crafts, the local economy, heritage and landscape.

Developing a sustainable model, educational and economic non-governmental, easily repeatable throughout the country, Ramus Oleae aims to reduce racism and to increase solidarity between refugees and the native Italian population.

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