LDA Zavidovici is part of the project co-funded by EU Commission under the program Europe for Citizens (Networks of Twinned Towns)titled “MY EU: young, equal,inclusive”, a project that gathers 14 partners from Albania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Macedonia, Malta. Its main idea is to provide a well structured dialogue among twinned or keen-to-cooperate towns, with specific reference to active participation in political life of specific target groups: women, youngsters and immigrants.
In Brescia, Italy, will be held the first event: three days to analyze and develop the relation between immigrants and politics in Italy.
The programme is full of interesting appointments in a 3 days event: the first day will be dedicated to discover the city from its historical point of view through a guided visit to the center of Brescia. We cannot consider this as a mare touristic visit, since together with the participants there will be a group of refugees and asylum seekers benefiting from the projects run from LDA. The meaning of this activity is to match the two groups stimulating the discussion between them while walking in the city in such a non-formal environment, so that the international participants will have the occasion to know more about this “particular” category of migrants, whose presence covers a crucial role in Italian politics.
After this first “learning by doing”, there will be an after dinner activity, during which it will be shown a documentary that tells about the judgment of the International Court of Human Rights  that accused Italy for the refoulement of migrants boat in open sea. Through this documentary the participants will have a national overview on Italian national politics about immigrants and borders, without forget the repercussion that this have at European level.
The second day there will be an open conference in the palace of Università Cattolica di Brescia, where during the morning will intervene professors from different realities working with migrants, such as Pietro Cingiolani from Centro Fieri of Torino, Maddalena Colombo from CIRMIB, Franco Valenti from Foundation for Human Rights Guido Piccini, Maria Perino from University of Piemonte Orientale, Lorenzo Trucco from ASGI (Association of juridical Studies about Migrations), Camillo Boano from University of London. The themes that will be faced are different, starting from an overview about immigration fluxes in Italy and laws for or against them, to the relation between immigrants and urban spaces, passing through the rights of migrants in work field and a specific focus on women and new generations. During the afternoon there will be the contribution from different migrants associations active at local and national level such as Yalla Italia, Forum Marocchino and Association of Malians in Italy.
The third day will be dedicated to the direct knowledge of a Maroccan Association which is very active in the city and the Association “diritti per tutti” (rights for everybody) which has an active role at local level for the defense of migrants rights. In this occasion the participants will have the possibility to discuss face to face with realities working for migrants political rights.
The last dinner will see the participation of 16 students from the University College of London that will be at their last day of a study visit in Brescia, during which they analyzed 4 different cases where the presence of migrants affects somehow the urban space. The dinner will be the occasion to share impressions and knowledge learned during these 3 intensive days.