Milan, July 30th 2019 PRESS RELEASE
MILAN FOR THE RIGHTS OF UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT MINORS
The City Council of Milan will discuss the European Charter for the Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors. The initiative was suggested by the President of the Committee on Equal Opportunities and Civil Rights, Diana De Marchi and by the Councilmen Alessandro Giungi and Simonetta D’Amico
In 2016, more than 26.000 Unaccompanied Migrant Minors arrived in Italy, the unique country of the European Union having ad hoc law on this issue, which has been recently approved in 2017.
The draft of the Charter aims to achieve a single text approved at European level, able to enshrine and safeguard the rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors present in the European territory. The text will be a model for all the Member States, that will consequently adapt their respective national laws: family reunification, legal protection, education, training, appropriate reception, free movement within the European territory are some of the principles that the Charter would like to protect and guarantee.
The adhesion of Milan will give a further and important boost of openness and solidarity to the massive and numerous partnership of the Charter, coordinated by the association Carretera Central and sponsored by the Municipality of San Gimignano (where the initiative was launched) in a historical and social period that shows a completely different trend. This membership will, above all, give visibility and attention to the central theme of the project: the numerous Unaccompanied Migrant Minors who come to Italy and Europe every year looking for hope and who, instead, get rejected.
Now, more than ever, it is essential to raise awareness on the theme through a bottom-up approach campaign, involving territorial institutions, civil society organizations and citizenship, for a conscious and supportive community to be still possible.
The “Charter of Unaccompanied Migrant” arrived in the City Council after being presented in the exhibition “Insieme Senza Muri” (“Together Without Walls”) at the Fabbrica del Vapore on May 26, 2018, at the presence of the Councillor for Social Policies, Health and Rights Pierfrancesco Majorino, during the course of the initiative “Da soli?” (“Alone? ”), promoted and supported by the AceA Onlus in Milan.