Mayor Lucano of the Italian village Riace, has turned the asylum seekers’ arrival into a win-win situation for all sides.
Inside a classroom, boys and girls from Somalia, Albania, Iraq and elsewhere are reciting something from the blackboard. It is a poem about friendship.
He has managed simultaneously to create employment, stop a mass exodus from his village and to find a solution to the controversial issue of asylum seekers. Even more striking is that this experiment has worked in Calabria – one of Italy’s poorest regions, which recently witnessed race riots. But immigrants are actively encouraged to come to Riace, where the mayor has created a special scheme for them.