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20.09.2013 15663 Views
The results of the project ‘Addressing the negative effects of migration on minors and families left behind’ are showcased at the Final Conference in Chisinau.
20 September 2013, Chisinau – The ample EU-funded project was implemented throughout January 2011 – September 2013 and is the first multilateral undertaking in Moldova for assuaging the negative effects of migration on children and other vulnerable family members left behind as a result of migration, implemented jointly by Italian and Moldovan governmental entities, NGOs, Diaspora associations and the Missions of the International Organization for Migration in Italy and Moldova.
The Final Conference gathered together the Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova Pirkka Tapiola, the Italian Ambassador to Moldova Enrico Nunziata, representatives of the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies and Moldovan Government officials, among others.
One of the project’s main outcomes is that now Moldovan authorities better understand the situation of children in need – out of 168,082 vulnerable children identified 105,000 are those who had been left behind (i.e. every fifth Moldovan child has one parent abroad and every tenth has both parents gone). Thanks to a complex quantitative study carried out in cooperation with Moldova State University and co-funded by the Czech Development Agency through Caritas Czech Republic, national social policymakers have been equipped with recommendations for developing comprehensive strategies and mechanisms to address poverty, school drop-outs and lack of skills for independent living among children and young people left behind.
The project also focused on improving the wellbeing of hundreds of Moldovans affected by migration: 400 vulnerable children left behind have been provided with direct assistance; 100 young people received vocational training and 213 young people were instructed on how to start up a business, of whom 48 are being provided with in-kind grants for starting or developing their enterprises. Furthermore, two full PARE 1+1 grants were handed out to two migrants returning from Italy. In addition, 130 social assistants participated in a capacity building programme delivered by the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) and 47 staff from vocational schools was trained by Italian professionals.
Meanwhile, 1000 Moldovans in 12 Italian cities were informed about the negative effects of migration within the ‘Nobody is Alone on Earth’ awareness-raising campaign; over 100 of them received psychological, social and legal assistance provided by Moldovan Diaspora associations and IOM Rome.
The project has been implemented in the framework of the thematic programme “of Cooperation with Third Countries in the Areas of Migration and Asylum”, funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies of Italy, for a total amount of 2 million Euros (33.789.800 Moldovan lei). The project has been implemented in partnership by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies of Italy, the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family of Moldova and the International Organization for Migration, Mission to Moldova. The activities will be completed in September 2013.