Torino, 30 ottobre 2017. Il film “Children are not Afraid of Death, Children are afraid of Ghosts” del regista Rong Guang Rong è il vincitore del Dong Film Fest 2017. L’apprezzamento del pubblico in sala è stato confermato dalla decisione della Giuria del DFF di quest’anno. La Giuria composta dal Presidente Alessandro Gaudiano  sinologo e critico cinematografico, e dai giurati Francesca Frigo produttrice e direttore Luci dalla Cina e Stefania Stafutti Docente UniTo e direttore Istituto Confucio dell’Università di Torino, ha deciso all’unanimità di premiare il (more…)

Oltre 60 ospiti al centro di decine di eventi, con 50 partner provenienti da diversi Paesi, e con un’idea comune: quella di mettere in contatto le più virtuose realtà in campo economico, sociale e culturale, su territori resi fragili dalle crisi che vi si sono abbattute. Eventi culturali in quantità, una Summer School multidisciplinare, laboratori di formazione, persino una residenza per artisti. E’ con questi presupposti che, dal 21 agosto al 2 settembre, va in scena una kermesse unica nel suo genere. Siamo nella Silicon Valley? No, tutto questo (more…)

Una giornata diversa conoscendo, osservando e toccando con mano alcune delle attività di European Research Institute. E’ quella che hanno potuto e, soprattutto, voluto vivere una ventina di dipendenti di Intesa Sanpaolo che a metà luglio hanno trascorso un’intera giornata con noi, scoprendo nel dettaglio le nostre attività in campo sociale, con i richiedenti protezione internazionale, e in campo ambientale, scoprendo i dettagli spedizione di agosto 2016 nel Passaggio a Nord Ovest – cui E.R.I. ha partecipato tramite Franco Borgogno – e mettendosi alla prova con le nostre attività nel campo della sensibilizzazione e la ricerca sui rifiuti di plastica…

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L’otto e nove maggio lo European Research Institute Onlus ha promosso e realizzato il workshop “Le Cliniche Legali e l’accesso alla giustizia – Il caso del Libano”, nell’ambito del progetto europeo  Support to Legal Aid in Lebanon. Gli incontri si sono svolti presso la Sala Multimediale della Regione Piemonte, in corso Regina Margherita 174 a Torino e sono stati aperti da Monica Cerutti, assessore regionale alle Politiche Giovanili, Diritto allo Studio Universitario, Cooperazione Decentrata Internazionale, Pari Opportunità, Diritti Civilie Immigrazione. Garantire l’accesso alla giustizia: questo il macro-tema che ha dato (more…)

WELCOME

The European Research Institute is engaged, since spring 2015, in projects of reception and integration of immigrants. One of these is Welcome, carried out by a multidisciplinary staff that operates in two offices – Turin and Alexandria – that in addition to the administrative aspects, is dedicated to the daily needs of a group of immigrants and asylum seekers, their health and psychological and legal support, valuing the recreational aspects and vocational training aimed to provide job placement. The facilities managed by the association host 69 people: 29 in Turin and 40 in Alessandria. In Turin, the operative offices are two: one is located in a historic building on Via Cernaia and houses 12 individuals (8 Gambians, 3 Ghanaians and 1 Pakistan person); the other one, a university hostel under the protection of Superintendence of Fine Art (Soprintendenza delle Belle arti) located in Foligno, welcomes 16 Pakistans.
ERI is committed to the promotion and realization of activities promoting the integration of young people in the local social fabric, like the ones related to education (for instance, the Italian classes organized by ERI). Some of the hosts are attending the CPIA (Provincial centers for adult education) for the achievement of the lower secondary school, vocational school and the Politecnico di Torino.
ERI considers sport particularly important in facilitating the integration of immigrants: for instance, four of the people living in Via Cernaia are part of the football team Madonna di Campagna and the Pakistani guests founded the Torino Cricket Club, a team that takes part in the national cricket championship. They also have formed, with the active support of ERI, a football team and have participated in the tenth edition of Balon Mondial, the world cup of the migrant communities in Turin. Furthermore, some of the guests attends a body building gym agreed upon the association.
In addition to promoting the integration, ERI works to ensure that the migrants find a job that best suit their skills and experience. Some of them are engaged in the project of Ecoeducation and New Sociabilities (P.E.N.SO.), initiative that aims to enable, through the recruitment of people belonging to certain categories (former prisoners, asylum seekers enrolled in the Center for employment, disadvantaged people reported by social services), a service aimed at the realization of interventions of social housing and the handling of furniture and recycled furniture, which will be reallocated according to the information provided by social services. Two other Pakistani guests are already engaged in employment: one is a baker and the other one works as a language mediator for the Police and the Prefecture. The numbers are growing: two other Gambians have indeed found a job through the mediation and intervention of the ERI staff. The association also plans to implement, in cooperation with several urban realities including the City of Turin, a volunteer project that will involve the migrants and will be held at the Porta Palazzo market. The migrants will act in this case as “ecological sentinels”, to support the management of collection and disposal of waste.
ERI houses 44 people in Alessandria, 33 of them in the city and 11 in the countryside, in Solero. The services offered follow those made for the group of guests in Turin, heading in the direction of a concrete implementation of training work projects and sports activities able to provide real integration opportunities.

The Pakistan football team was born in 2015 from the request of three young men to the European Research Institute: “Here we are, Pakistani who love football more than cricket. Can you help us?” It was the eve of the Balon Mundial and thanks to the commitment of the association (and of the young men) a whole team was made in a couple of days, and an extraordinarily quick and effective fundraising activity allowed to buy the team uniforms. Steady, ready, go…to the competition “for foreigners” more prestigious of Turin.

The results on the field were certainly not positive, but it was a baptism of fire; now the group has reformed, by expanding the social mix that existed since the beginning, since it was a friendly dispute against refugees of other nationalities or against the psychics disabled for which the social services of the City of Turin were in charge. Part of the “new” team are the Pakistani, but also university students, non educated young men and refugees.

The association has signed a partnership with the amateur sports association Unicorno style, thanks to which they can use the football field “Regaldi” once a week to work out. But above all, the agonistic activity started again: the Pakistan team was enrolled by European Research Institute to the 12th tournament Con gli altri, where it will play against Senegal, Morocco and other teams. The first results were finally comforting, but the goal is in the medium term: “Win tomorrow”, meaning taking part in the next edition of Balon Mundial, with the declared purpose of… score at least one goal!