Great News for Riace Italy

on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A couple of days ago I mentioned about wishing there were more stories out there that were positive. First thanks to everyone who commented with their own personal good news! Second, today I stumbled upon an article posted on an Italian news website in English.

Immigration has been a hot topic for awhile now here in Italy, like many places around the word, especially in today's global economic crisis. There is a lot of hostility felt towards immigrants, for example those that are coming from Romania and other Eastern European countries. Some people feel that the wave of immigration, whether legal or illegal, has caused an increase in crime. Whether this is true I do not know. I honestly think that the media is concentrating too much on the crimes committed by foreigners therefore making it seem as if the crime rate in Italy has increased.

There is a positive side to this though, immigration. There is a small seaside town in Calabria, Riace, which is located in southern Italy, that seems to be going against the norm in regards to hostile feelings towards immigrants. Thanks to immigrants, Riace is still on the map.

The Calabrian regional government is funding a project to help immigrants by providing housing, training and jobs. Thanks to the project, several crafts workshops have opened in Riace, helping preserve ancient craft traditions. Workshops specializing in for example glass, pottery and fabric.

Riace's population has steadly diminished over the years. People fleeing in search of work. So these new residents of Riace are helping save this little village of about 400 people from a possible extinction.

This project has been so sucessful that the regional government of Calabria is now working on a law that could help place new life into towns that are fading away throughout the south.

Go Riace and Calabria! May you set an outstanding example for Italy, the world and humanity!

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16 comments:

ModernMom said...

What a great story! I'm off to google Riace to see if I can find some pictures of that little town. Italy is on our "dream" list of places to explore.

Canucklehead said...

Great story. Can I offer one small piece of advice? Move your CMF widget up and EC down. Of course, I'm saying that for selfish reasons as I'm about to buy an ad. Anyway, just a thought. CHEERS!

Martin in Bulgaria said...

Way to go! good that you can see a silver lining to a dark cloudy story. Why can't others do the same? Turning frogs into princess is a great way to cheer things up.

Ivanhoe said...

That reminded me about news I read in Czech on-line newspaper. They are temporarily not approving/accepting any work visas from eastern Europe & Asia.
I thought it was a good idea to give a chance to citizens first in these economic times with high unemployment rates.

zunnur said...

In my country, immigrants were always linked to increase in crime too. Although its quite through, but that sometimes make us totally forget the small positive aspect of their presence.

Expat Traveler said...

That is great news! And such a cool find too... Are you getting spring weather yet? We haven't unless you call rain and sleet part of that.

Marlene Affeld said...

Great post - encouraging to find the positive. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I enjoy following your posts,

Ivanhoe said...

Just thought of you this morning when I heard about the earthquake. I hope you and yours are o.k....

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Italy Travel Deals said...

Great blog. It's really nice news. I can find some photos of this beautiful town.I really enjoy reading this post.

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Admin said...

I have always wanted to go to Italy but not to those over crowded touristy areas. It sounds like Riace and Calabria should be places to put on my agenda.

chantixcases said...

Terrible that xenophobia still exists in modern Europe. Would you say that the anti-immigrant sentiment was more or less than in some parts of the U.S.?

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