Emelyne, ACT volunteer in Palermo, Italy

31 years old from Lille, France

 

“I really enjoyed Palermo intercultural life and I think that it represents a huge source of knowledge and richness for this city”

 

I decided to take part to ACT–Youth in Movement project because I’ve been interested in the migration topic for years and I have some experience in this area as a social worker.

I’ve chosen Sicily because it’s one of the places mainly concerned by migration in Europe and I already spoke some Italian. I wanted to know more about this phenomenon and how European migration policy is applied.

In Palermo I have worked in three different hosting centres for migrants. One of them, Centro Astalli, allows migrants to have breakfast, take a shower, learn Italian and others languages, do different activities, get some help to look for a job.  I really enjoyed my time here, welcoming people at the front desk and helping children.

I’ve also worked in two centres for migrant minors, Elom & Azad and Il Gabbiano. It was very interesting to discover the everyday life and the organisation of these centres.  I could also realise the troubles the centres have to face the lack of budget and the financial aid delay, that impact directly on migrants’ pocket money and staff salaries.

I think that the most important thing I will remember of my time here is the chance I’ve had to meet migrants, Sicilians and European volunteers. I really enjoyed Palermo intercultural life and I think that it represents a huge source of knowledge and richness for this city.

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