The meeting took place in SEI UGL office in Rome, Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 54 – 00186, on September 30th, 2014, between 09:30 and 12:30.
- Luciano Lagamba – President of Sindicato Emigranti Immigranti – Unione Generale del Lavoro (SEI UGL)
- Alexandru Cosmin Codreanu – President of Institutul Pro Diaspora Romana (IPDR)
- Ermanno Cece – Press Officer of Sindicato Emigranti Immigranti – Unione Generale del Lavoro (SEI UGL)
Main topics covered during the meeting:
- Short presentation of IPDR and SEI UGL (objectives and activities);
- Poor social and professional integration of Romanian community in the Italian society. Despite the fact that Romanians represent the biggest foreign minority in Italy, their number being close to 1 million, they suffer of a poor representation in relation with the Italian authorities;
- Poor image of the Romanian community in Italy, one reason for this being the negative media campaign against Romanian immigrants;
- Finding ways to reduce self-isolation and self-social exclusion of the low skilled immigrants. This is the root cause of depression and alcohol abuse among immigrants;
- The utility of making a short movie about the risks associated with the emigration process (legal versus illegal emigration);
- The possibility for the IPDR to organize an international conference in Bucharest to present its activities and projects to the Romanian diaspora and local authorities;
- Adapt MyWorker – one of the SEI UGL projects – to the needs of Romanians interested to find a job in Italy; building a digital interface between local work force and Italian employers;
- Ways to assist those refuges from Ukraine that ask asylum in Romania;
- Advertise remigration to Romanian immigrants that do not have good life prospects in Italy;
- Finding ways to involve more the Romanian authorities into delivering solutions to diaspora’s needs;
- The role of inter-cultural mediators as interface between the immigrants and the local authorities and as facilitators of associative activities between immigrants and locals, a fast solution for social integration;
- Advertising SEI UGL activities in Romania;
- Creating a collaborative framework between SEI UGL and IPDR.
- SEI UGL represents an example of good practices in the field of defending emigrants and immigrants’ rights. IPDR is interested in exchanging experiences and good practices with the Italian organization;
- SEI UGL has the infrastructure and experience to identify the needs of Romanian immigrants in Italy;
- IPDR has the ability to identify and map out the migration patterns and networks of the Romanian migrants to Italy; it can help potential Romanian immigrants to make an informed decision about immigrating to Italy;
- IPDR promotes legal emigration;
- The meeting was very useful for both organizations, being the first step toward establishing a collaborative framework between SEI UGL and IPDR.