“To date, there is no room for peace due to the conflict in Ukraine, and the extent of the war also prolongs the humanitarian emergency. Dialogue is not simple, but every path must be explored; this must be Italy’s position: together with Ukraine and the people, without hesitation and committed to seeking peace with all energy. We must at all costs try to make the dialogue win and avoid constant escalation ”. This was stated by Mayor Gian Carlo Muzzarelli in the information on the Ukrainian emergency in the City Council on Thursday, June 9.
According to data from the UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 7 million Ukrainians have crossed borders since February 24, another 8 million have been displaced in the country, and an estimated 15.7 million are in urgent need of protection. Poland has the highest number of Ukrainian refugees (3.5 million); while according to data from the Interior Ministry, 129,623 have reached Italy so far. In Emilia-Romagna, there are over 23,000 registered presence and 13,140 people who have applied for temporary protection (2,202 in Modena and its province).
Nearly 36,000 applications for aid grants nationwide, paid by the government for a maximum of 3 months through post offices. There were 4,112 requests in Emilia-Romagna, of which 666 in Modena and its province. In total, 3,250 Ukrainians have declared their presence in the Modena area at Modena police headquarters or provincial police stations; 50% are minors. Yesterday, about a hundred had not turned up for the receipt of the residence permit (expected in June), which allows for the issuance of tax legislation and job opportunities; the hosts reported that these people either returned to Ukraine or left the province.
In terms of reception in the municipal area, 795 Ukrainians went to the Center for Foreigners, of which 480 minors; 144 people were welcomed in Cass compared to the 267 requests received by the prefecture, while 148 were received by Modena municipality, of which 17 were in progress.
The mayor then stressed “the demanding and continuous work done by leaders and operators of the Social Services Sector since the beginning of the emergency. These days, the offices also manage the direct placement of about twenty people in Cas, and the investigation of family ties Furthermore, we continue to work with family institutions together with Caritas (23 people are welcomed in 10 families), and it is also very important to maintain a constant relationship and cooperation with the Ukrainian community present in the city, as well as with the private solidarity network, which has been activated since March “. Portobello confirms itself as a strategic point for maintaining the city’s hospitality: the families who use the social emporium are 340, that is, about 830 people.
On the school front, the mayor focused on the number of school placements in the past year (89 in total: 24 in kindergarten, 43 in primary school, 14 in middle school, 8 in high school), but above all on the future prospects “because, given the continuing conflict, it is clear that in September we will have Ukrainian students at the beginning of the new school year, from kindergarten to high school.And as several mayors of Italy have said since the beginning of May – he repeated – it is necessary to prepare in time and find the financial, organizational and human resources to make the whole school system work.It is necessary that the government and the region, as far as they are concerned, establish a summer job right now alongside the municipalities and school autonomies in such a way , that they are ready in September “, said Muzzarelli, recalling that the Order for the Evaluation of Ukrainian Students, which was signed on Monday by Minister Bianchi, also contains indications to encourage participation lse in the school year 2022/2023.
27,495 Ukrainian students are already welcome in Italian state and equivalent schools at all levels; 3,207 in 526 different schools in Emilia-Romagna. In the case of students advancing to the next level of education, school leaders must help families identify the destination school with the support of the territorial school offices and in cooperation with local authorities.
The mayor then reminded that from March 14, Modena Municipality has activated two departments to provide information and accompany educational welcome for all age groups. “Unfortunately, it will be a long war, and therefore we must prepare for an equally long period of distress,” he noted.
Meanwhile, again to ensure the best possible welcome and inclusion for Ukrainian minors fleeing the conflict, a path to summer has been defined by opening the network of summer centers for them. The municipality has therefore expanded the possibility of using summer activities for Ukrainian children and young people, mainly with reference to managers registered in the municipal register for the age group 3-13 / 17 years.