Originally from Italy

University Professor in Italy

Fausta's Story

The Center for Lifelong Learning (C.A.P) at the University of Bari focuses on the validation of competences of migrants from countries outside the European Union. Our team also comprises of foreign tutors, who recruit potential beneficiaries through their diaspora networks. With our work, we want to promote the human and cultural capital of the city of Bari. Valuing gender is a key part of our work at the C.A.P too, as we do not aim to add value only the single individual, rather, to the collective outcome, by creating social links between Italian and foreign women and encouraging intercultural-social cohesion.

My personal advice to migrants is to tune into the ‘social capital’ of their host country by getting in touch with local network organizations that connect them with their roots. They should avoid feeling isolated by actively getting involved with local cultural and diaspora associations.

"When refugees see their skills formally valued, they become very determined and eager to take the next step"

I think Italy has a long way to go in terms of understanding and embracing the talent and skills of refugees and migrants. We meet brilliant people; we actually find it easy to validate their competencies since they have so many. In Sophia’s case, a key factor that determined her success in obtaining her scholarship was the renewed energy and dedication that she felt once her degree was validated. When refugees see their skills formally valued, they become very determined and eager to take the next step. This is why Italy has to make an extra effort to value refugees’ skills: it benefits us all.

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