Reggio Emilia Migration
With the migration flow in Reggio Emilia, it is a challenge to enforce an effective economic force that will help incorporate employment programs to help with transitioning.
For example, many immigrants start their own businesses in a country and this is something that the city has been trying to do. They are trying to encourage migrants to start their own businesses because it would be a benefit for both the country and for them. But what is also important is to provide the necessary resources for migrants to start on their own successfully.
The services that are being provided by the city include a labor program, a hospital in where some of the staff speaks the migrants’ language, etc. This is crucial to the development of a healthy economy in the sense that once they have the help that they need available to them, they can seek out help when searching for labor and also in learning the language.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, Reggio Emilia is a region with the highest number of migrants compared to other regions in Italy. Therefore, there is more pressure for the city to implement an efficient plan.
Moreover, it is also important to consider how working with the local government is crucial to preventing discrimination in the labor market and providing equal access to migrants. This will prevent discouragement and motivate migrants to move forward, knowing that they have a supportive governing body.
Luckily the city has organized open discussions about the topic and has been implementing integration programs. Hopefully they will be successful and serve as a model for other countries.