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Objectives || Opportunities and projects

The foreign population is an integral part of society in the western world, but the impact immigration has on the quality of society and the development of the territory remains ambivalent. Even if there is a certain consensus that it constitutes an important cultural, social and economic resource, the risk that it could transform itself into a factor of crisis for social cohesion is constantly present. To keep this second aspect from prevailing, political action must be initiated that can encourage the integration of the new citizens; this action must be based above on allowing immigrants to make full use of these opportunities and available services.

The immigration axis will discuss two important themes - how to increase foreign citizens’ participation and how to transform various experimental policies involving integration into standard projects - and three specific actions, regarding education (4 [EDU]), employment (5 [EMP]) and health (4 [HEC]).

  • Torino has distinguished itself nationwide for its efforts to encourage the participation of foreigners in the forms and organizations of private society, allowing resident immigrants to vote in referendums, creating Italy’s first council for foreigners in 1995, supporting their right to vote. Immigrants’ participation is considered an added value in the planning of policies and services regarding the quality of society, above all when it involves second generation immigrants who are fully part of local society.
  • The many experimental initiatives that have been undertaken to support the integration of foreigners have dealt with specific problems that were often dictated by emergency situations. But over time, initiating special projects risks suffocating widespread sensitivity to multiculturalism. Thus, the objective is to capitalize special initiatives, ensuring that they lead to an overall increase in social and urban quality, and constructing an open city with resources available for all, foreigners and locals alike.
  • Education is one of the most delicate processes of integration since the school is a powerful means for reducing - or increasing - social inequalities among the young generations. Regarding immigration, the project is to institutionalize the school system’s ability to manage multiculturalism, rather than leaving it to the sensititivity of the individual teacher or institution. It is important that the condition of adults in the work world be improved because the number of immigrant workers has been on the rise since the 1980s and the resulting demographic change is making them an important element for the promotion of local wellbeing. Foreigners must also be guaranteed access to health services, and the precarious living and working conditions in which they often find themselves must be resolved. To this end, the impact of immigration on the health services system will depend greatly on the capability of local organizers to integrate sanitary, environmental, urbanistic, employment and social policies.


  1. Promote the participation of foreign citizens
  2. Transform experimental initiatives involving immigrants into structured, standard policies


  • Laboratory for the new citizens
  • Widespread access to services for citizens
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