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Refugees Initiative

Universal Civil Service 2020

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INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

Università di Firenze

COUNTRY

Italy

CITY

Florence

Address

Piazza San Marco, 4 Contact person: Ivana Accocella mail [email protected]

TYPOLOGY

- Health services
- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- Tutoring and peer support for refugee students

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees
- University staff (academic and administrative)

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

Unifi is currently preparing the project Welcome to Florence: UniFi for foreign teachers and students from countries at risk to participate in the call of the Universal Civil Service 2020.
The aim is to ask for 4 volunteers who will support the International Desk and the Welcome Service in the support and orientation activities of asylum seekers, students benefiting from international protection and scholars from countries at risk.
We indicate some of the services and activities where volunteers can be employed:
- updating of information on entry procedures in Italy;
- updating of the University guidelines for study visas and research;
- updating of publications: Welcome Service: a practical guide for international academics staying in Florence as guests of the University, containing practical information for foreign visitors to the University and Studying in Florence, a quick reference tool aimed primarily at international students;
- preparation of a Vademecum to facilitate registration, orientation and placement of holders of international protection at the University;
- assistance in filling in the reception agreement form necessary to apply to the Single Desk for Immigration (SUI) for the authorization to obtain a study and research visa and then a residence permit;
- tutoring in applying for scholarships and hospitality at the Regional Agency for the Right to Study;
- support and advice on specific requests (e.g. on the university system and, therefore, related to: study plans, internships and training placements, Italian language courses at the University Language Centre);
- guidance and support at the specific services of the territory for foreigners and holders of international protection such as: Prefecture, Police Headquarters, Health services.
In addition, if UniFi takes an active part in the SAR-Scholars at Risk network or in the University corridors project promoted by UNHCR, volunteers will be involved in the reception and supprot of teachers and students who arrive through the two projects mentioned above.
Finally, the volunteers will be employed in study activities aimed at drawing up information documents on the countries of origin of non-European students, with particular attention to the higher education systems of those countries, in collaboration with the Cimea-Cnvqr consortium.