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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Refugees Initiative

UniSi Cares

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INTERVIEWS


INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

University of Siena

COUNTRY

Italy

CITY

Siena

Address


TYPOLOGY

- Financial support for refugee students
- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

The aim of this project is to provide advice and reception for asylum seekers and expatriates.
The UniSi Cares project was born in 2015 from an idea of Prof Mugnaini and the Rector Riccaboni. The initiative runs with the contribution of several anthropologists. ​​It is a structure that deals with providing a reference point for the advice required by asylum seekers or institutions (municipal administrations or managers of reception centers). Through this project, it was possible to guarantee asylum seekers an opportunity to study, acting through the concept that the right to asylum is a constitutional obligation that must be recognized by everyone. The goal was to encourage forms of dialogue between teachers and refugees using anthropology tools.

The offer of an university training course had to face some objective difficulties, in particular the lack of those documents that allow university students to be able to enroll in the university. Despite this, it has been possible to find a balance between compliance with the university's rules in the bureaucratic sphere and a broad interpretation of the same, in favor of the requests of asylum seekers, which has allowed to accept the requests for registration regardless of the bureaucracy .
The purpose of this project is to introduce refugee students to university settings, to encourage their training and integration, both academically and socially.

RESULTS AND IMPACT

The purpose of this project is to introduce refugee students to university settings, to encourage their training and integration, both academically and socially