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Beyond Vulnerability 2

Over 700 vulnerable asylum seekers received help with social and economic integration in Italy.

Project dates 09/08/2010 - 30/06/2011
Total budget€150 000
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectCRS – Caritas

Project Description

Settling in a new country is a challenge for anyone. For vulnerable asylum seekers, the challenges are often even greater. The ‘Beyond Vulnerability 2’ project was designed to foster social and economic integration within this group.

Through assistance to the most vulnerable of Italy’s asylum seekers, the project built support paths towards autonomy for them. Those considered most vulnerable included pregnant women, single parents, elderly persons and those with disabilities, unaccompanied minors, and victims of torture, rape and other serious forms of violence. Caritas, the entity managing this project, used a local network to contact local companies and training bodies so as to offer a broad range of services.

Benefits and results

This project by far exceeded expectations, with 727 vulnerable asylum seekers receiving support from experts. In addition to expert advice and support, many of the asylum seekers received help through specific action programmes in work and professional training, education, health promotion and psycho-social wellness, and culture and use of free time.

The programmes reached a significant number of asylum seekers. Over 40 for work and professional training, 12 for education, 18 – all minors – for health promotion and psycho-social wellness, and 30 – again minors – for culture and use of free time. In addition, 24 persons, including 2 minors, received financial support.

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