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Immigrants to show enterprise in Italy


Male seller in a  halal butcher shop
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Eight ESF funded projects will help immigrants start their own businesses in Italy.

The projects were recently presented in the Sardinian city of Cagliari and hope to boost the employment of immigrants on the island.

The projects will help 200 immigrants, including asylum seekers and refugees, who want to enter the labour market through starting their own businesses. Participants must be unemployed for more than six months to be eligible and 49 % of selected participants must also be women to satisfy a gender balance quota. Culinary training focussed on ethnic cuisine is one of the projects available to candidates. Participants will be offered legal and commercial assistance for two years after starting their business.

The endeavour is financed by the European Social Fund, which has granted EUR 2 million.