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Italian Mayor opens his village to refugees

Mayor Lucano of the Italian village Riace, has turned the asylum seekers’ arrival into a win-win situation for all sides.
Inside a classroom, boys and girls from Somalia, Albania, Iraq and elsewhere are reciting something from the blackboard. It is a poem about friendship.
He has managed simultaneously to create employment, stop a mass exodus from his village and to find a solution to the controversial issue of asylum seekers. Even more striking is that this experiment has worked in Calabria – one of Italy’s poorest regions, which recently witnessed race riots. But immigrants are actively encouraged to come to Riace, where the mayor has created a special scheme for them.

Location: Italy

Year: 2011

Related Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-12138404

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