The Mediterranean Odyssey: is the new EU bill going to be approved?

What happened in the past couple years in the Mediterranean is not going to easily end. Thousands of people, trying to seek for a better life, a better chance, are getting on those boats, trying to cross what now can be called the Sea of Death.

In the past month, another tragedy stained those water with blood, blood of human beings who have been exploited, mistreated and robbed by those who are seen as life saviours by mistake. Those smugglers who have nothing to lose, who take people from the poorest parts of Africa, ask them all the money they earned in their lifetime for the journey of fortune, which might turn into a nightmare once they start sailing. Continue reading

The immigration process: a new business?

When it comes to move to another country, people must take into account the expenses that are required in order to follow the process in a legal way. Many countries apply fees to most, if not all, the papers and procedures required in order to be granted a temporary or permanent residence. But can we consider this a new kind of business for governments and people offering consulting services?

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Express Entry: not an easier way to reach Canada

Starting from January 1st of this new year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada launched a new program called “Express Entry/Entrée Express” to provide more opportunities to prospective skilled immigrants.
This program will cover Canadian key economic immigration programs, such as the FSW (Federal Skilled Worker), FST (Federal Skilled Trader), CEC (Canadian Experience Class) and part of the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program).

Since the launch day, 4 days ago, many candidates tried to make their own profile online to be able to participate to this program and “seek an easy way out” with Express Entry, because the name sounds like you can move to Canada in the blink of an eye. Continue reading

The other side of Italian Emigration: storming the Working Holiday Program in Canada

Every year the Citizenship and Immigration department of the Canadian Government (CIC) offers the opportunity to many Italians, as well as citizens of other partner countries, to work in Canada for a temporary period and explore the country. Italy has sent thousands of citizens and many are trying to enter the contest every year.

What many Italians do not know, is the real purpose of this project, called IEC (International Experience Canada). As its name says, it is simply an opportunity to spend 6 months working in a foreign country and 6 more months are given to explore the country after having worked. It is an experience, not a way to migrate there. However, many Italians think that since the crisis does not seem to end, they might try this type of “easy way” to get into Canada and be able to get a sponsor and be granted Permanent Residence. Continue reading

New World of Migrants platform!

Dear World of Migrants friends,

We are glad to announce that a new World of Migrants website has been published on the internet! The articles will still be written through WordPress, but you will be able to find some new features on the new website!

https://sites.google.com/site/worldofmigrants is the new website. You will find all the articles filed into their main categories, with the link to their wordpress page.

The great new feature that we launched today is the “Immigrant Stories” section. There you can find a form with which you can share your own experience, or the story of someone you know. All the instructions and rules are written on the page http://sites.google.com/site/worldofmigrants/immigrant-stories

We really hope you enjoy the new website and we look forward to hearing #YOUR stories!

World of Migrants

Whatever they will do to us, they are nothing: Romanian exploitation in Sicily

Sicily: the port of entry to continental Europe from the Mediterranean. What many people do not know is what happens in the Sicilian countryside, where thousands of migrants work in agriculture, in particular in the fruit and vegetables industry. Part of what you find in the supermarkets and grocery stores might be produced in this areas, especially because of the favorable climate all year round.

Here many people, principally women, come from the poorest areas of Eastern Europe to work in the greenhouses of southern Sicily, to produce out of season groceries that will then be sold all around the country. The majority of these women are young mothers, coming from Romania with their young kids and sometimes with their partners to find a better opportunity, some more money to support the family. They do not know what they will be facing once they are hired by their “padrone”. Continue reading