MilanoMondo – a forum on immigration

Four days of debate in Milan on immigration. Organised by Milan city hall, a four-day forum starting on 17 November will bring together political experts, sociologists, leaders of immigrant communi...

Greater Milan has the most immigrants in Italy

Encouraging statistics on integration and employment. The Greater Milan metropolitan area is home to Italy’s largest community of some 474,000 non-EU immigrants, mainly from North Africa and Asia,...

Milan demo against immigrants planned

Response to last week’s march. Exactly one week after a pro-immigrant march attracted thousands in Milan, a counter demonstration is planned for 27 May to protest “the invasion of false refugees”....

Milan to hold pro-immigrant march

Despite doubts by regional governor Maroni. The “Milan without walls” demonstration and march planned for 20 May afternoon will go ahead as planned, said mayor Beppe Sala on 19 May. After the st...

80 Greater Milan townships to host immigrants

New regulations to improve allocation of migrant accommodation. Milan’s prefect Luciana Lamorgese has reached agreement with town halls throughout the Greater Milan metropolitan area for a fair d...

Milan immigrants help clean the city

70 tons of dead leaves collected. Refugees and asylum seekers in Milan have joined other volunteers to help clear up Milan, and last weekend swept up nearly 70 tons of dead leaves in front of the c...

Milan police break human trafficking ring

100 migrants trafficked per month to northern Europe. Milan police have arrested 10 members of a gang of 13 people traffickers, accused of earning €70,000 profit every month by transporting Syrian...

Milan to house immigrants in Expo base camp

Probably around 150 from next week. As the city’s reception facilities for immigrants become “saturated”, as Mayor Beppe Sala put it, Milan authorities have been forced to override opposition objec...

Milan discovers “business” of asylum seekers

Over €10 million spent in 2015. A report published by an NGO specialized in help for asylum seekers, refugees and torture victims paints an alarming picture of the “welcome” provided in the centres...

Milan top city for proportion of immigrants

But no banlieues or ghettos. Milan scores as the Italian city with the highest proportion of foreigners. Its 248,000 non-Italian residents make up just 18.1 per cent of the city population. Bres...

Milan gears up to help refugees

With new welcome centre. Milan non-profit NGO Progetto Arca has opened a new welcome centre for the almost 8,000 refugees who transit through the city every month. Only three weeks ago the struc...

Immigration, integration and racism

This article by James Walston was written before the tragedy at Lampedusa where a boat with about 500 immigrants, most from Eritrea and Somalia, caught fire and sank. Over 111 bodies have been brought...

4 October a day of mourning in Italy

Italy’s prime minister has proclaimed 4 October as a national day of mourning and Cécile Kyenge, minister for integration, has said that all schools will respect a minute’...

More immigrants die in Italian waters

93 immigrants are reported dead in another tragic boat incident in Sicilian waters, the second in a week. The latest deaths occurred in a fire on a boat off the island of Lampedusa on 3 October. It...

G-Lab opens for young immigrants

Milan’s city hall has opened a welcome centre for “new Italians”, the children of immigrants of all nations born in Italy but still without Italian citizenship. In the centre&rs...

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