The project, funded by UNICEF, is part of the “Children in Danger” campaign. Its main goal is to create an advocacy tool aimed at raising institutional awareness on the question of migrant minors who have arrived in Italy, in particular those landing on the southern coasts either in company of their family members or alone. The research activity consists of a secondary analysis conducted on the data provided by the main institutional sources and qualitative field research, consisting of 15 in-depth interviews. The interviews are aimed at accompanied and unaccompanied foreign minors, some asylum seekers, some not. The interviewees have been singled out in Rome, Turin and Palermo, three contexts that should provide a picture, albeit approximative, of the complexity of the living conditions and experiences of migrant children present in Italy. The research results will be published and presented during a conference organized by the commissioner of the research with the aim of raising awareness among the population on the causes that drive minors and their families to emigrate and the difficulties that they encounter.
The objective of the activities to map the institutional sources and to make a quantitative analysis of the data they provide is to create a snapshot of the presence and main characteristics of foreign minors arriving in Italy by sea, while taking a closer look in particular at the situation of the most vulnerable groups. The qualitative investigation activities set out to reconstruct the biographies of the foreign children arriving in Italy, with the aim of reconstructing the main difficulties they met along the way and the associated experiences.