From Vicenza in northern Italy and Strasbourg in France, Giulia and Apolline are both project managers and coordinators for the Southern Mediterranean within ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy), which enables them to meet Mediterranean societies, particularly in Tunisia and Morocco.
Giulia comes from Bassano del Grappa, a small town in the heart of Veneto, in Northern Italy. Her background says a lot about her passion for the societies around the Mediterranean. At the University of Venice, she opted for the cultural language and society section of Asia and Mediterranean Africa with Islamic and Arabic language courses, followed by an Erasmus master’s degree concerted between several universities including Barcelona, Venice, Sousse in Tunisia and Montpellier in France which included courses on inter-Mediterranean mediation, migration, political science, languages, culture, project management: « These are aspects that can link the two shores of the Mediterranean. I was then able to work in a center for asylum seekers to help them in their integration in the legal processes and in the hosting system » introduced Giulia. But the election of Matteo Salvini in 2018 and the enactment of anti-migrant laws have greatly reduced the rights and possibilities of assistance to migrants.
« It was necessary to create other dynamics and find other European funds for inclusion, mutual aid and cooperation to be able to reach a common vision of the future for these people. “His activist involvement with the Scouts dates back to his youth and also allowed him to volunteer in refugee camps in southern Italy – where 400,000 migrants from the Libyan coast arrived between 2014 and 2018 – and in a juvenile prison. These were very strong experiences that guided her in her choice of professional studies. In the field, her experience as an educator of young people, questions her on the possibilities of educating citizens to build a society that is more just, more welcoming and more oriented towards the respect of rights accessible to all.