TRENTO. There are just over eight thousand students interested in the “ius scholae” in Trentino. Girls and boys, girls and boys who could become Italian nationals in all respects if the proposal discussed in Parliament is adopted.
The bill stipulates that a foreign minor born in Italy or arriving at the age of 12, and who has regularly participated in a study cycle for at least five years, becomes an Italian citizen. Students who for years have studied, practiced, practiced sports with all the other classmates, but who are “different” according to the law and therefore do not have the same rights (and the same documents) as their classmates.
In Bologna, the city council has included the principle of a kind of “honorary citizenship” in the statute for 11,000 minors who have completed at least one school cycle in the city. A way to recognize their affiliation with the place that welcomed them and where they grew up as their Italian peers.
“I agree with what they did in Bologna,” said Mayor Franco Ianeselli – and with the principle of ius scholae. Even in Trento, there are many students who were born and raised here but who do not have citizenship, despite being 100% from Trentino. But in addition to the action taken by the municipality of Bologna, in order to avoid everything being reduced to a pure political controversy, I would like to introduce a common path here in Trento: in the autumn we will take a trip to the city’s schools to get to know and meet these children and their families, to find out their stories, their needs, their lives and then make the “formal” and institutional passage in the council chamber. Let’s say that we would like to arrive prepared for the discussion, in order to make the situation known to all. “
“It is a duty that there is no real integration without this law,” comments the Director-General by the Veronesi Institute and by Liceo Steam International Laura Scalfi. As the head of a technical and professional institute, he knows well how heartfelt and delicate the subject is. “National data show that the highest percentage of foreigners, around 24%, is concentrated in the education and vocational training system. I think we are also in line in Trentino, but with different numbers depending on the route ».
The lack of citizenship creates concrete problems that go far beyond politics: questions in the end about form rather than substance, but which set in motion the works in everyday school life. “I’m simply thinking of a training trip to England – analyzes Laura Scalfi – for the ‘foreign’ students who have actually always lived here and speak the Trentino dialect better than me, you have to do an incredibly bureaucratic process through police headquarters. It is not a question of ideologies, but of school. The school is the first element in the integration ».
One aspect, the latter, also demonstrated in recent months by the will (all, regardless of political color) to immediately place Ukrainian children in schools.
“I do not really understand why you do not give this chance to children and teenagers. People who are already physically here, so there would be no increase in migration flows’.
To return to the data from Trentino, virtually every tenth student does not have Italian citizenship: he sits at the same desks, studies the same books, does the same homework as all his classmates, but is not covered by the law in the same way . Of the 8,205 students with foreign citizenship, 5,321 were born in Italy, while the remaining 2,884 were born abroad. Those who have already clearly expressed their opposition to the bill are the League.
Trentino parliamentarians Carroccio Diego Binelli, Vanessa Cattoi, Martina Loss, Mauro Sutto and Elena Testor have asked parliament to stop the process to the provision (and also to the one on the legalization of cannabis). “While Italians have problems with wages that are too low and bills too high, the left is blocking parliament with laws to legalize drugs and grant citizenship to immigrants. This is not only an insult to the league, but above all to the millions of citizens in difficulty. Our task is to meet the citizens for their needs in everyday life, and we believe that the country’s needs today are far from liberalizing the use of cannabis and granting citizenship to foreigners, that is not what we should put on the parliamentary agenda. occupation.” An attitude also shared by Councilor Mirko Bisesti.