Reversing the Trend: a Psychosocial Intervention on Young Immigrants in Sicily

Maria Garro, Massimiliano Schirinzi

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Intervention projects based on providing support for immigrants can offer a number of benefits with regard to the social inclusion of young immigrants. Therefore, the actions suggested in this proposal may not only create a network between institutions and the private sector capable of supporting the intervention of a host country, but may also help to reduce the risk of crime as well as advocating a sense of otherness and integration. The approach to the project, a psychosocial intervention carried out on four young Africans who reached Sicily after crossing the Sicilian Channel on a dilapidated boat, has chiefly been to provide the four individuals with the chance to revisit their original, harrowing voyage, thus allowing them to view the voyage not only as a source of pain and death but also as a source of well-being and mutual understanding. Positive outcomes from the intervention include the satisfaction of the participants and a greater sensitivity towards each other, an awareness of the importance of rules, free time monitoring through utterances, and finally, photographic images for the resulting awareness raising event. The intervention, the only one carried out in Sicilian territory, culminated in the organization of a social visibility day, an event designed to advocate the involvement of local communities and young people. Further, the public event also aimed to raise awareness among the host community to the needs of immigrants, while contributing to discussion on hostile attitudes and closure towards immigrants.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-7
Numero di pagine7
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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