nature of the integration process implies a mutual commitment of migrants so as
of the host society and involves the full participation of migrant citizens in
economic, social and cultural activities. As highlighted in the Agenda for the
Integration of Third-Country Nationals, integration through participation is at
the basis of the empowerment of people from a migrant background.
context awareness-raising campaigns are particularly relevant to promote and
spread the culture of respect and coexistence between different people. Sports,
thanks to the positive values that animate them, are engines of social
inclusion and integration. The European Commission underlined how sports can
potentially reach all people and contribute to the dissemination of concepts of
peace, tolerance and mutual learning. Sports promote the encounter and dialogue
among different communities, and develop a feeling of common belonging and
respect for diversity.
Agreement between the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and CONI (the Italian
Olympic Committee) for the promotion of integration policies through sports was
signed in 2014. The agreement aims to foster the social integration of migrants
through sports, and to counter any forms of racial discrimination and
framework sports play a driving role both in terms of spreading the culture of
respect for diversities and for the promotion of a cultural evolution process,
also thanks to the values of sports, the network of Sports Federations,
Associations and Organizations, to testimonials, to events addressed to a vast
audience, and to projects involving the youth.
technical-scientific Committee composed by representatives of the world of
culture and sports, drafted the “Manifesto on the topics of immigration, sportsand measures to contrast racial discrimination and intolerance”, a document
which summarizes the integration core principles through sports. In the
framework of the Program Agreement it was launched an awareness-raising
campaign and a series of events for the dissemination of the contents of the
2015 the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies and CONI renewed the agreement.
The general aim of the new Agreement was to continue along the path undertaken,
analyzing in depth the regulatory aspects concerning sport citizenship and
spreading the contents of “Integration and Sport” through a communication and
social awareness campaign.
framework an educational campaign for schools, in agreement with MIUR (Ministry
of Education, University and Research), was addressed to primary school
students participating in the project “Sport di Classe”. Owing to the
educational path concerning the theme of integration through sport, classes
realized a mini-project (a drawing for the first and second grade classes, and
a story written in the form of a newspaper article for the third, fourth and
fifth grade classes): through their drawings or texts, students thus shared
their experiences and thoughts on sport, as a privileged means for integration.
55.000 mini-projects were realized, of which more than 1900 finalists,
representing just as many schools. In the end, 104 schools won (one for each
province), selected by the Regional Bodies for Sport in School (Organismi
regionali per lo Sport a Scuola), in agreement with the Provincial Bodies.
In the same
year a call was launched throughout the territory in order to collect positive
experiences in favoring inclusion and integration of first and second
generation persons coming from a migratory context, as well as fighting
discrimination in accessing sport and intolerance by enhancing diversity.
Finally, “Meetings with the Champion” were organized throughout 2015 in ten
Italian cities, where testimonials of
famous teams shared their stories and experiences explaining that, when playing
the game of integration, sport is always the winning key.
2016 it came into force the Law of 20th of January 2016, n. 12 on
"Measures to promote social integration of foreign children residing in
Italy through admission in sport federations". Article 1 of the law
states: "Children under eighteen who are not Italian citizens and who are
legally resident in Italian territory since they were at least 10 years old,
may be allowed to enroll to sport clubs with the same procedures as for Italian
with the set of actions undertaken, the program agreement was renewed in 2016
with the aim of: developing a communication campaign based on the major social
networks and on the promotion of events such as the “Sport and Integration Day”
on the football field; promoting and encouraging the integration projects of
sport societies and associations through the dissemination of their best
practices in favor of integration; developing an educational campaign for
secondary schools to promote the values of inclusion and integration; deepening
and analyzing the sporting mobility from
non – EU countries.
The program agreement has been renewed in 2017 too. The actions to be realized in the current year are related to two fields: education/school (an
educational campaign based on the concepts of inclusion and fair play, and a
survey in secondary schools); sport (an integration campaign on the field and a
contest, with 10 meetings in the territories involving experts, testimonials
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