migranti, rifugiati e richiedenti asilo

This Must Be The Place – Integration of migrants



L.E.S.S. Onlus, Project Ahead Cooperative, Traparentesi Onlus, University of Naples Federico II




Municipality of Naples, Reception centers, Schools & Universities

Objective of the project

The project tested an innovative model of inclusion and integration for refugees and asylum seekers in the city of Naples

Abstract of the project

The project piloted a model of integration and social inclusion for young migrants and refugees. The project’s main activities were: meetings and discussions between migrants, refugees and Italian university students using the Reflection-Action methodology; participatory urban explorations; creative activities and co-design laboratories to identify solutions to migrants’ needs of integration, housing and education, research and dialogue with local, regional and national institutions.

Context analysis

Since 2015, Italy, like other European countries, has been the landing point of a large flow of refugees and migrants to whom the national reception system struggled to provide an adequate response. The CAS (Extraordinary Reception Centers) which should have been the extraordinary and temporary response to the emergency of the landings, has become the definitive solution. On the opposite, the SPRAR (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees) were dismantled following the security decree approved in November 2018. The tightening of the reception system, in addition to a perpetuating state of violation of human rights, has reduced or even eliminated the access to education for migrants, job opportunities and adequate housing, leaving them at the margins of the social life in Naples, as well as in other Italian cities. 

Naples, NA, Italia

The project is implemented in the city of Naples (Campania Region).

Implementation Period

01/03/2018 - 31/07/2019



  • 15  asylum seekers and refugees from different countries
  • 15 italian university students
  • 20 teachers and 4 school headmasters
  • 2 teams of professors from Federico II University and Orientale University


  • Asylum seekers and refugees in Naples
  • Citizens of Naples

Project Strategy


  • Reflection-Action (R/A) cycles
  • Urban exploration activities
  • Co-planning
  • Social Networking  
  • Researching 


  • Male and female asylum seekers and refugees and italian university students take part in the R/A cycles and urban exploration activities
  • One piece of art exposed at the Madre museum
  • Project proposals developed
  • Protocol with schools and universities developed
  • A research conducted on the housing situation and alternative solutions


  • Social and friendship relationships and intercultural dialogue among young italian and asylum seekers and refugees will be fostered;
  • Access to educational and housing opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees will be increased; 
  • Lessons learned to address the obstacles to asylum seekers and refugees’ integration and active participation in the life of the community will be identified and disseminated


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