Milan became the 19th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Deputy Mayor for Social Policy, Health and Rights, Pierfrancesco Majorino, signed a strong commitment to principle 3 on equal opportunities for all people.
Milan is committed to develop and deliver social inclusion strategies for people in vulnerable situations, including migrants, asylum-seekers and unaccompanied minors. The city has already hosted thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers in its CAS (first-level Emergency Reception Centre) and SPRAR (second-level System for the Protection of Asylum-seekers and Refugees).
Milan pledges to invest over €2 million, including national and EU funds, in 2019-2021 to implement priority projects for promoting equal opportunities of migrants, asylum-seekers, refugees and unaccompanied minors, such as:
- a renewed family reunification service, with pre-departure support and assistance
- a Service Centre for Unaccompanied Migrant Minors
- a service to coordinate the wide offer in the city of all Italian language courses and training opportunities
- dedicated mental health services for asylum-seekers and refugees in collaboration with the healthcare system
- an international Human Mobility Cente to support Voluntary Assisted Returns and Reintegration
- creation of one-stop-shops and multidisciplinary mobile units to identify people in vulnerable situations and direct them to local welfare services
Milan's Deputy Mayor for Social Policy, Health and Rights, Pierfrancesco Majorino, said: "A stronger social Europe is only possible if it is inclusive for all. Milan is firmly committed to building a plural and inclusive society. We invest our efforts in ensuring equal access to social rights, services and opportunities for all, including migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees."
Milan follows 18 other cities that signed pledges to the European Pillar of Social Rights: Madrid, Stuttgart, Gothenburg, Ljubljana, Braga, Vienna, Barcelona, Timisoara, Nantes, Leipzig, Warsaw, Turku, Athens, Ghent, Leeds, Glasgow, Lille Metropole and Malmo.
This is part of the EUROCITIES initiative ‘Inclusive cities for all: Social Rights in my city’. This initiative aims to build political momentum to get mayors and deputy mayors to implement the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights at local level. We will officially launch this campaign during a political event at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019.