About us

Migrants' Integration Portal is a website established with the purpose of fostering foreign nationals’ integration in the Italian society. The Portal has been on-line since 17th January 2012, and was developed through a project co-financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals, under the coordination of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and with the involvement of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Education, University and Research.

The network of subjects involved in the implementation of the Portal was subsequently extended, both through the collaboration of other institutional subjects, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Regions and Municipalities mostly involved in integration-related and immigration policies, and through the involvement of international organisations (UNHCR) as well as third-sector operators promoting and implementing integration policies, including social institutions (patronati), with over 4,200 immigration desks, whose services are mapped in the Portal.

 
The Portal is divided into areas: Language, Work, Housing, Minors and second generations, Health. Intercultural mediation is added as a cross-section service. In each single area, the Portal allows users to find useful information on the services provided to foreign nationals in each single territory.
Besides services, the Portal includes information and documentary sections.
The Portal also includes the "Annual reports on the main foreign communities living in Italy", promoted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The Reports have been published since 2012; they are published yearly and they are focused on: Philippine, Moroccan, Tunisian, Albanian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, Egyptian, Sri Lankan, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Chinese, Indian, Senegalese and Serbian communities.
Furthermore, the Annual Report "Migrants in the Italian Labour Market" – edited by the Directorate General for Immigration and Integration Policies of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy - is also available in the Portal. A summary of the 4th Annual Report, presented in July 2014, is avaiable in 10 languages (Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, French, English, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Ukrainian). 
Finally, the Portal publishes a monthly newsletter providing updates on the main legislative and case law news, besides information on events, projects launched locally, nationally and internationally, publications and news on migration and asylum. Since January 2013 the newsletter has become Multilanguage (a short version is translated into 10 languages).
THEMATIC AREAS
Since the beginning of 2014, four new thematic areas have been developed, each one implemented in relation to a specific subject or target.
  

Migrants Associations is a new area of the Portal especially devoted to the associations of migrant citizens present in Italy. The aim of the area is to deepen the knowledge of the associations of migrants, enhance their activities and build a community owing to a communication and exchange channel among associations and between the latter and the Migrants Integration Portal. The Migrants Associations area was created on the occasion of the 16 meetings held in Italy from February to May 2014 among the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, the migrants’ communities and the migrants’ associations. The 16 events were realized in the framework of the initiative IN.CO.NT.RO (INCONTRI COMUNITA' MIGRANTI INTEGRAZIONE LAVORO) [Meetings with Migrant Communities for Job Integration].
The Cultural Area of the Migrants Integration Portal was created owing to a collaboration between the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies – General Directorate for Immigration and integration policies.
The area is composed of five sections: Literature, Cinema, Theatre, Music, Visual Art and Cultural Heritage. Within the sections, it is possible to find a map concerning the consolidated and active experiences in Italy in the respective fields (from publishing houses to cinema festivals, to multi-ethnic orchestras to databases). Moreover, the area provides sections devoted to national and international legal frameworks (rules on culture and cultural diversity), as well as sectorial reviews and bodies involved in the Recollection of Italian Emigration.
The Cultural Area of the Migrants Integration Portal is the very first virtual place created which talks about cultural and artistic productions of foreign citizens with migrant backgrounds. The aim of this new area is to explain how our society is changing also through artistic productions, owing to new protagonists and topics that highlight how Italy is becoming an increasingly richer and more interesting Country.
International Protection is a new section of the Portal realized in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) covering the issue of international protection. The aim of this section is to promote services and projects throughout the whole national territory for applicants and person granted international, subsidiary or humanitarian protection. The international protection section of the portal is meant as an informative and guiding tool for those operating in the sector as well as for asylum seekers or person entitled of protection.
 
SECOND GENERATION
​​The area was created owing to the project “Filo diretto con le Seconde Generazioni” (Direct Line with Second Generations), promoted by the Migrants Integration Portal, with the aim to deepen the knowledge of the second generations’ associations and to collect their requests. At the same time, the initiative aims at creating a space for debates and work, which can be shared among the subjects active on the national territory. The subjects participating in the initiative have been invited to work together in order to create a common document collecting the needs and proposals of the second generations as regards the institutions’ activities. 
 
Another aim of the Area is to enhance the activities of the second generations’ associations.
 
The contents of the Area are developed by the Portal’s editorial office together with the associations involved.