Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

Riccardi Andrea: press review

change language
you are in: home - news contacting usnewsletterlink

Donation Topbar

January 29 2010

Press Release: An immigrant is a human being: people, not criminals. Let us work for integration

printable version

The Community of Sant'Egidio expresses its concern at recent statements by people in government on immigration and security. The unreasonable equation between immigration and crime not only does not correspond to the truth, but it leads to the criminalization of immigrants, does not respect the rights of persons and deform reality.  ISTAT (the National Statistical Office) figures of recent years show that immigrants who have settled in our country and who are in a situation of regularity do not violate the laws for criminal offenses more than  Italian citizens.

If the Italian prisons are overcrowded with large numbers of immigrants is because of the crime of illegal immigration, which concerns 87% of charges  related to immigrants. Moreover most of the foreign prisoners are awaiting trial (and therefore not considered guilty pursuant to Art. 27 of the Italian Constitution). To equate immigration and crime is therefore unfounded and unjust. It also hides under the blanket media coverage of the controversy, the fundamental question of integration. Only a true policy of integration and simplification of legislation to regulate the presence of so many foreign workers is a necessary response in this time of great historical movements of populations.

The Community invites to reflect on the recent words of  the Pope: "An immigrant is a human being, different in origin, culture, and traditions, but a person to comply with rights and duties, particularly in the workplace, where the temptation to exploitation is easier, but also as part of the concrete conditions of life. I invite to look at the face of the other and discover that he has a soul, a history and a life that he/she is a person and God loves him as he loves me "(Angelus, January 10, 2010).

October 5 2016

5th October, World Teacher’s Day: All to school…of peace!

IT | EN | ES | DE | PT | RU | ID | HU
March 11 2016

The new life of the Syrian refugees arrived through the humanitarian corridors

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | RU
February 3 2016

USA-Italy Migration Conference: Integration strengthens democracy and builds a common culture

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA
January 23 2016

New York Times on Humanitarian Corridors

January 14 2016

Immigration, inauguration of the first course for European mediators: building bridges against fear and exclusion

IT | EN | FR
October 2 2015

Two years after the shipwreck of Lampedusa: we don't forget! The memories of the victims in an inter-religious ceremony

IT | EN | ES | CA
all news
October 21 2016
L'huffington Post

Immigrazione: diminuiscono gli arrivi per lavoro (che non c'è), crescono integrazione e cittadinanza

October 18 2016

Nei «Games4Peace» vince l'integrazione

October 17 2016
Il Gazzettino - ed. Padova

Studenti e migranti in campo per l'integrazione, In 160 alla sfida sportiva tra calcio e pallavolo

July 13 2016

Il cardinale Vallini tra i rom di Castel Romano: «Basta pregiudizi»

July 12 2016
Il Gazzettino - ed. Padova

'Vogliamo ricordare Emmanuel': la lettera dei Giovani per la Pace

July 11 2016
La Provincia Pavese

Pavia. Canti, balli e cibo dopo il digiuno. Si festeggia la fine del Ramadan

all press releases

Corso di Alta Formazione professionale per Mediatori europei per l’intercultura e la coesione sociale

Omelia di S.E. Card. Antonio Maria Vegliò alla preghiera "Morire di Speranza". Lampedusa 3 ottobre 2014

Omelia di S.E. Card. Vegliò durante la preghiera "Morire di speranza"

Nomi e storie delle persone ricordate durante la preghiera "Morire di speranza". Roma 22 giugno 2014

Le vittime dei viaggi della speranza da gennaio 2013 a giugno 2014

Le vittime dei viaggi della speranza - grafici

all documents

Al filo de Holocausto

Ediciones Invisibles


Lannoo Uitgeverij N.V
all books


1166 visits

1127 visits

1091 visits

1068 visits

1144 visits
all the related media