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!


Il progetto “rAccogliamo” nasce nell’ambito del bando SociAL 2016, sul territorio del comune di Solero (AL) e con un’utenza formata da persone straniere richiedenti protezione internazionale in Italia (i c.d. “richiedenti asilo”) e da persone italiane rintracciate fra le fasce deboli della comunità locale. L’asse portante del progetto è la condivisione di competenze fra i residenti locali (per lo più anziani) – in particolare i componenti dell’associazione “Amici di Solero” e la parrocchia di San Perpetuo – e i beneficiari del progetto, tra i quali i suddetti extracomunitari, in un mix sociale e culturale che si è configurato in tempi…

O.N.D.E. - UWC

O.N.D.E. – UWC – Optimization for Networked Data in Envinronmental Urban Waste Collection –  is a pilot project funded by the Piedmont Region. It is the result of the collaboration between European Research Institute, Politecnico di Torino, the CDU services (company specialized in waste management services, active in 17 municipalities in the Turin hinterland), Moltosenso and Nord Engineering companies. Eri has especially contributed to the design and the communication of the project. The purpose of the project is to reorganize the collection of waste in urban areas by involving citizens together with the company that provides the service and the administrations, through the use of technology (see the video presentation of O.N.D.E. – UWC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQk_9Kti0nk). In particular, three application software have been developed. They allow:

  • the citizens of 17 municipalities to know all the waste collection points located in the territory, the timing of the recovery services door-to-door and the position of vehicles dedicated to the pick up;
  • the company that provides the collection service to receive information on the state of filling of bins;
  • the administrations to monitor the activities and assess the use of funds allocated to them.

The project started in July 2015 and is still ongoing.


The Decatastrophize project (Decat) was launched in February 2016 following the partnership between various European actors (European Research Institute, Cyprus University of Technology, Ciprus Civil Defense, Bureau de Recherches et géologiques Minières, Foundation for Research & Technology, Technical University of Crete, Geoview system Ltd., GeoSolutions, Universidad de Alcalá) united by one goal: manage and prevent environmental risks through the implementation of common systems aiming to alert and secure the citizens in case of natural calamities (such as floods or earthquakes) or man-made disasters. Decat intends to adopt a single common platform, resulting from the combination of different computer systems with geolocation, able to raise the alarm quickly in case of emergency, in order to allow the adoption of immediate decisions and the intervention of Civil Defense. Indeed, a common operational framework has the advantage of simplifying the cooperative planning and helping improve the response to dangerous situations. The use of such systems will be field-tested through simulations that will be conducted in six member States. By carrying out the project, ERI has worked with the Civil Defense of the Province of Alessandria, the Sardinia Region and the Municipality of Vittoria (Ragusa, Sicily).