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Mimosa - Migrant's Model Inclusion through Sport for All UISP PROJECT FUNDED DY EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S SPORT UNIT

Mimosa: "Migrant's Model Inclusion through Sport for All" is the name of the new Uisp project funded by the European Commission - DG Sport. The project goal is the building of models of inclusion of migrants through sport for all activities. We talked with Carlo Balestri, Responsible of Uisp International Department about this topic.


"The project aims to use sport as a tool for greater integration and social integration of foreign communities in Italy - he said - We aim to study and develop new practices to be proposed to the European Commission as models of integration. We will use sports, particularly football and other subjects specific to certain foreign communities, such as cricket, baseball, touch rugby to increase the involvement of migrant communities. We plan to work on the participation of these new citizens are not simply the association's activities".

European Cooperation is essential to the success and the relevance of the sport sector

Many associations in Europe are Uisp project partners: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Romania. "Mimosa is on three levels – continued Balestri - to create as many collaborative networks: among local authorities, associations and university. Through the exchange of experiences and identification of optimal interventions we aim to create a model of inclusion for migrants but also for refugees and Roma women victims of violence".

Mimosa will begin in March 2011 with the first meeting among the parties which have joined the initiative.


"In addition to Mimosa, Uisp is partner in two other projects: in the line of social inclusion with VIDC (Austria) as applicant and in the line of volunteering in the ISCA project. For us this is a great result: we are doing a good work in collaboration with the European associations network".