Refugees are welcome, sure..but then?

Some insights and reflections written by two volunteers of the EUI Refugee Initiative, Caterina Francesca Guidi and Alberto-Horst Neidhardt. Starting from May 2016, the European University Institute has opened its doors to a group of six asylum seekers. Aged between 18 and 32 years, our guests come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Mali, […]

Iftar Picnic and World Refugee Day 2016

Written by Julia Schulte-Cloos – Italian version below, kindly translated by Abdou Hydara, a Gambian friend of us The asylum seekers have settled in and found their weekly schedules between language courses, voluntary work for Caritas and common lunches with the EUI community, as June and this year’s month of Ramadan approaches. Four of the […]

Refugees visit Rome and join the Pope on stage for audience

Written by the Italian language teachers, English translation below Cominciamo con lo striscione: lo abbiamo progettato insieme in classe. Perché uno striscione ci doveva essere, con un messaggio, una comunicazione, qualcosa di breve. Tra le parole ci doveva essere “rifugiati”, ma anche “insieme” perché “insieme” è una parola inclusiva. E poi “futuro” perché si deve […]

Fundraising events

We are very happy to share with you the wonderful results of the fundraising activities for welcoming the six asylum-seekers in the EUI community. As you know, they have arrived last week and now live in 2 apartments located at the Badia Fiesolana Thanks to the fund-raising activities in mid May, we collected more than 1900€ for […]