ABC. September 16, 2019

Italy and Spain are two of the countries willing to reach a European agreement on immigrants. The pact provides for the distribution of people that the NGOs or military ships have rescued in the Mediterranean. This distribution will be made before the entry of ships in port, so that once disembarked people are transferred immediately to the countries of the European Union (EU) that have acceded to the pact, which for now are six: Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Malta and Spain.

The interior ministers of Italy, Germany, France and Malta must approve the text at the meeting they will hold next 23 in Valletta. The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, wants to introduce in the European agreement a rotation of the ports, so that the immigrants also disembark in Spain, France, Malta and Croatia.

One of the keys of the negotiation is to specify the different categories of immigrants. That is, who have the right to asylum or international protection because they come from countries in conflict or war, and who have exclusively economic motivations. Italy wishes that the division by quotas of the immigrants takes place before the disembarkation, to avoid that the negotiation on the distribution is eternalized and, in addition, to not give rise to that some countries choose only those who have right of asylum, excluding irregular or so-called economic immigrants.

This agreement will affect for now only immigrants who arrive on NGO or military ships, excluding those arriving in vessels called “ghost”. Immigrants landed by NGOs in Italy are a minority. From the beginning of the year until September 13, 5796 immigrants arrived in this country by sea, of which just over 1000 did so in NGO ships after being rescued in 26 operations off the Libyan coast. The vast majority of immigrants, a total of 4303, arrived irregularly in small boats, often abandoned on the beaches of Sicily or Lampedusa.

Conte has asked the EU to grant aid to countries that host immigrants. Also that fines or withdraw aid to governments that refuse to participate in the distribution of immigrants.


BBC News Mundo. August 21, 2019

The NGO Proactiva Open Arms is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean. The Italian prosecutor ordered on Tuesday, August 20, the temporary seizure of the Open Arms ship and the landing on the island of Lampedusa of the 83 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean who remained on board.

The decision ends more than 20 days of waiting to be able to dock in a safe harbor. The ship, with a Spanish flag, waited from August 1, 800 meters from the small Italian island of Lampedusa for a European country to give it permission to dock. However, the coalition government that leads Italy refused to accept the ship in any of its ports. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that it should be Spain, the country where the ship is registered, that received migrants, something that Madrid initially refused.

The prosecutor of Agrigento (Sicily), on which Lampedusa depends, made the decision after boarding the Spanish ship to verify the status of migrants and the situation that reigned on board, described by the crew as desperate. After 20 days in Mediterranean waters waiting for a safe harbor, this crisis has once again revealed the deficiencies of the migration policy of the European Union (EU).

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The Agrigento edition of the Provide course began on April 6th and ended on June 1st. On Friday June 14th 2019 at Villa Genuardi in Agrigento the final day of the Provide was celebrated with a ceremony, chaired by prof. Ignazia Bartholini, (University of Palermo) scientific responsible of the Project. There were also prof. Roberta Teresa Di Rosa, (University of Palermo) and Ettore Castorina, administrative manager of the University in Agrigento. Firstly, prof. Bartholini offered her thanks to all the staff, who contributed to the organization and implementation of the course as well as to the students who fully participated to all the planned activities. Moreover, the thanks were addressed to the administrative staff of the course's structure, who satisfied every need of both the staff and trainees. She also took the opportunity to anticipate to the students a possible future edition of the course and to emphasize its educational importance. Later, prof. Di Rosa began by thanking prof. Bartholini, the organizational staff and the administration of the University. She also referred to the team work that preceded the implementation of the course and the positive collaboration with Prof. Bartholini. Ettore Castorina focused on the importance of this step of the Provide Project and on the continuous training, thanking the teachers and all the staff who made their resources, time, energies available. At the end of the day the final certificates were given to the students and a coffee break was offered.

The Trapani edition of the Provide course began on January 11th 2019 and ended on March 9th 2019. The final ceremony in Trapani took place on March 28th 2019 at the Centro Polifunzionale- Cooperativa Badia Grande. The Certificates ceremony turned out to be a further moment of sharing and comparing the experience among the students of the course. The importance of a project such as PROVIDE and the knowledge acquired through have been underlined. After the debate, Prof.ssa Bartholini gave the certificates to the students and offered her thanks to the participants as well as all the professionals involved in the Project. At the end of the day a coffee break was offered to all participants.

The Palermo edition of the Provide course began on February 8th 2019 and ended on April 12th 2019. On April 16 th 2019 at the central Office of CROAS (the Social Service Professionals) in Palermo the final day of the Provide was celebrated with a ceremony, chaired by prof. Ignazia Bartholini, (University of Palermo) who offered her thanks to all the staff and to the local tutor Veronica Intravaia. There were also prof. Roberta Teresa Di Rosa, (University of Palermo) and Giuseppe Ciulla (Social Service Professional). During the debate prof. Bartholini focused on the main issues of the Training course and on the importance of the feedback from the students, who all became “Experts about Violence on Proximity”.

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EL MUNDO. JULY 9, 2019

The former US military base in Mineo was the largest detention center for immigrants in Europe, which hosted more than 4,000 people during the 2014 immigration emergency. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini promised in an election campaign that he would dismantle him if he came to the Government.

The CARA (Reception Center for Asylum Seekers) of Mineo was inaugurated in 2011 by the then Minister of the Interior of the League, Roberto Maroni, during the Government of Silvio Berlusconi. They called it "the people of solidarity": 400 prefabricated houses about 50 kilometers from the city of Catania destined for the American Marines from the nearby military base of Sigonella, converted into a first reception center for migrants and asylum-seeking refugees.

In the summer of 2014, the center hosted more than 4,000 people, twice its capacity. Since then, the internal population gradually declined to reach about 150 in the last period. The last 68 immigrants were transferred last week to another reception center in Calabria, in the south of the country. The overcrowding in the worst years of the crisis, the lack of personnel and services for inmates or the long periods of permanence waiting to receive the ‘papers’, had caused numerous humanitarian organizations to request its closure.


PROVIDE. JUNE 20, 2019

This celebration recalls the strength, perseverance and courage of people around the world who have been forced to leave their homes, fleeing conflict and persecution. We need to show our support to all these families who are victims of this situation, approximately 70.8 million people.

The figure mentioned is considered the highest in recent years, so that the number of refugees, globally, continues to increase. In view of this reality, solidarity is mainly required; what refugees need is, first and foremost, peace. It can be said with certainty that there is humanity in many countries that, despite going through economic, security problems, host refugees. In addition, many people have joined the UNHCR campaign, whose work is more needed than ever.

The agency cited, UNHCR, is the United Nations High Commissioner working to protect and assist refugees around the world. They seek to guarantee certain rights for these persons, including the right to safe asylum in another State. The agency celebrates various activities related to raising awareness and raising awareness of the reality of refugees (playdays, concerts, exhibitions, etc.).

It is crucial to be aware that all people who have fled because of force majeure share the following: on the one hand, an immeasurable fear for his own life and, on the other hand, the fact that none of these people chose to be a refugee. That is why our work of solidarity with refugees must be founded on humanity.

There is no single place of origin, but on the contrary, the forced displaced come from a wide variety of countries, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia or Venezuela. Fleeing the country of origin, for reasons such as those described above, has caused many people to risk their lives and, at worst, even lose it. To save their lives, UNHCR invites you to take another step with refugees.



The European Association of Schools of Social Work held the European Congress of Social Work Schools at the Complutense University of Madrid between June 4th and 7th, 2019. Within it, Belén Agrela, from the University of Jaén, coordinated a pre-congress activity, together with professors from the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Granada, entitled Feminist academic translations. Teaching, research and transfer for a transforming Social Work.

This symposium presented the experiences, concerns and proposals of gender and feminist approaches of teachers and researchers of Social Work from Spain, United Kingdom, Portugal, Chile and Italy. Three axis mark the symposium: teaching, research and knowledge transfer, within the framework of gender and feminist studies involved into European, national and regional projects.

Within the framework, the Provide project was presented and made known, in a paper entitled International research “in three-handed” on Social Work related to proximity violence in migration. The Congress was attended by professors from national and international universities, professionals from public and private administration, and PhD students.

Find information about the European Congress Of Social Work School at the following link.



Within the framework of the Provide project, two editions of the own title 'Expert in Proximity Violence Management' (during the month of January and February) have been carried out at the University of Jaén, in which a total of 80 professionals participated . This project also involves teachers from UJA, the Alto Guadalquivir Hospital in Andújar and the ASEIS association in Jaén.

A total of 80 professionals have participated in the University of Jaén, who will receive their own degree of specialization in Proximity Violence. The second edition of the course ended on February 21, 2019. The success of the call was resounding (more than 160 applications have been received demanding training), according to Belén Agrela.

The profiles of the students have been very diverse, coming from both the province of Jaén, as well as from Granada and Córdoba, whose work areas have covered from the community and specialized social services (such as intervention with families, minors, women, immigrants and refugees ...) , health field (health centers and hospital, nursing, mental health, psychology, gynecology ...), field of security forces and bodies (Civil Guard or Police), or centers of attention to immigrants from non-governmental organizations, political representatives or educational field.

At the University of Jaén, the training linked to the European project has been managed from Own Teaching as a Proprietary Degree, directed by Belén Agrela Romero, of the Department of Social Work, and by Mª José Calero, of the Department of Nursing, and has recognized with 5 ETCS credits. He has been offered in two editions of 25 contact hours (15 theoretical and 10 practices), in which he has trained in the field of gender violence and proximity in migration, international legislation and human rights, health care, mental health and stress management.

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The third meeting of the PROVIDE project will take place in Trapani (Sicily, Italy) on February 19th and on February 20th, at the "Centro Polifunzionale" of Contrada Cipponeri.

As in before meetings, there will be present one or two members of each partner group to represent his/her institution and discuss about the training courses (trends, strengths and criticalities); the highlighted opportunities and criticalities of the PROVIDE book, as well as the external reference and publication times, and any other questions about the UNIPA webpage of Provide, the website and the newsletters.

Moreover, this will be a time to speak about the next Final Conference of PROVIDE that will take place on Palermo.

The meeting will end with a short sightseeing tour in the early afternoon of February 20 to visit the "Saline di Nubia" and the historical center of Trapani.


Find information about the meeting in Trapani published by the University of Jaén at the following link.



The University of Jaén (UJA) has organized a conference to present current European projects led by women.

Within the framework, Belén Agrela, responsible for the project in Spain, will present the research "PROVIDE: Proximity in violence: defense and equity" (financed by the European Community REC-VAW-AG-2016-01).

The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m., and is part of the calendar of action of the project of the University of Jaen "OFIPI4CEAs2020" funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

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The Association for Employment and Social Integration-ASEIS, together with the University of Jaén, held the Information Day of the PROVIDE European research project on the November 8th.

The objective of this day was to present the PROVIDE project to the citizens of Jaén. With this purpose, have intervened the President of the Association for Employment and Social Integration-ASEIS, Aránzazu Díaz León, the Principal Investigator of the Project in Spain, Belén Agrela Romero, and the Director of Nursing Care at the Hospital Alto Guadalquivir de Andújar, Gema Berrios Martínez. Other prominent members of the University of Jaén have also been there; as the Vice-Rector for Research, Gustavo Reyes del Paso, the Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Academic Organization, Alfonso Cruz Lendínez, the Director of the International Project Office, Francisco Díaz Garrido, and the Director of Equality Unit, Matilde Peinado Rodríguez.

In this informative event, ASEIS has done a review of the project since its inception and has announced the training course "Expert in Management of Violence of Proximity", which will be taught to the different professionals and social agents of the Andalusia region and all the countries involved.

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PROVIDE participated in the activities of the "European Night of the Researchers" carried out in Jaén (Spain) with an activity designed to make people think about the causes of migration; reflect on the current moment of migrations and refuge situations and review the notions associated with migration, States, the right to migrate (and in family), understandings about how we "welcome" and its consequences for all.

In total, around 200 researchers from the University of Jaen will participate in the 50 activities organized in this seventh edition of 'The European Night of Researchers' in the capital of Jaen, a scientific dissemination project promoted by the European Commission within the actions Marie Sklodowska-Curie of the Horizon 2020 program and held simultaneously in more than 250 European cities.

Around 8,000 people attended the more than fifty activities organized by the University of Jaén to celebrate the European Night of the Researchers.

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On September 18th 2018 from 11.00 to 13.00 the Conference Press was held in Milan for the launch of the PROVIDE project.

The conference, organized by the ISMU Foundation (project partner) in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan (project partner) was held at "Casa dei diritti" (the House of Rights) - a place managed by the municipality of Milan and open to all citizens in which they deal the themes of migration and social problems. In particular, activities against ethnic-based discrimination, against gender-based violence are carried out, supporting the rights of LGBT people, disabled people, victims of trafficking and much more.

The conference began with the institutional greetings of prof. Vincenzo Cesareo (general secretary of the ISMU foundation) and of Dr. Miriam Pasqui, official of the Municipality of Milan. Prof. Bartholini (scientific leader of Provide Project) then took the floor explaining the genesis of the Provide project and the supporting theory on which it is built: The Proximity Violence. Lia Lombardi (PROVIDE Project manager for Fondazione ISMU) illustrated the objectives and actions of the project, focusing on the training that will take place between January and May 2019; Emanuela Bonini (PROVIDE monitoring expert for the ISMU Foundation) illustrated the training assessment path and the guidelines that will be produced.

25 stakeholders from public and private social services and 2 journalists attended the conference. There was a great appreciation and interest in the project on their part and a great interest in the training that they considered innovative and very important for the Milan area. The interlocution with the stakeholders was important and significant: many questions and reflections on the themes of the project were highlighted by the stakeholders themselves.

Information about the conference was published on the website of the ISMU Foundation, on the Municipality of Milan website, on "RADIOCOR Sole24ore Press Agency" , on the government portal “Integrazione Migranti”