Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
TURIN

Integration of Roma is the way forward, says Kyenge

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Turin, June 24 - The city of Turin is having
trouble coping with its 4,000 Roma, but the national government
will lend a hand, Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge said on
Monday.
''We hear Turin's cry for help. The city won't be left on
its own'', Kyenge said at a City Hall meeting with Mayor Piero
Fassino (Democratic Party - PD), Sinti and Roma community
representatives and cultural mediators.
''We will work jointly with communities and institutions to
remedy the problem. The objective is integration and helping
people out of the camps''.
There are currently 4,000 Roma people living in 13 Turin
camps, of which nine are illegal settlements not authorized or
built by the State.
Social services and integration councillors Elide Tisi and
Ilda Curti also attended the meeting.
Kyenge also met separately with councillors from the
anti-immigration Northern League.
''It was a turning point, a very important meeting'', said
Kyenge, who has recently suffered racist slurs by Northern
League representatives and supporters.
''Dialogue is always useful when it takes place within the
boundaries of respect for the opinions of others and of the
institutions''.
''We must not criminalize ethnicity'', the minister went
on.
''We must judge the crime and the individual perpetrator.
Much depends on the opportunities we are granted. And I can't
stress this enough: integration means interaction''.
''Our city is committed to finding a solution based on
integration and civility'', the mayor added.
''Clearly this effort needs the support of other
institutions, at the regional and the national level''.

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