[TGR Umbria]: "Andrea Riccardi, Minister for
International Cooperation, attended at a meeting in Perugia. There has been talk of
integration, hosting, and Europe. The main report was entrusted to
Umberto Eco. We hear Paolo Raffaelli."
[Paolo Raffaelli]: "In the midst of the worst
political and economic crisis of the European Union, and while the Arab Spring becomes autumn
and Gaza is the bloody massacres, the Minister for International Cooperation and the University
for foreigners call in conference, at Sala dei Notari in Perugia, leading experts
technical, political and cultural for strategies of inclusion. Courageous and timely choise,
that compares intellectuals, politicians, administrators, social workers from all over Italy
and from half of Europe. On some of the best practices for reception and integration, in a country
where, too often, policies in this topic have been marked by fear, by emotions,
by the culture of emergency."
[Andrea Riccardi]: "Italy is a country that
doesn't grow. Italy needs to read the phenomenon of immigration as a constitutive
reality for its growth. So far it has did much the companies, firms, cities;
It did much the family. We must build a real integration strategy, because
this country must grow. It's a decisive appointment."
[Paolo Raffaelli]: "Stellar comparison in terms of cultural contributions, but also
very concrete inside the two challenging relations fo Minister Andrea Riccardi and
Umberto Eco, who has revived the theme of European identity deeper
therefore more able to compete without fear, with different cultures, through the
migration, enrich the continent. "
[Umberto Eco]: "Europe was born, right,
as an amalgam of diverse culture. Then, Europe's identity is an identity of
plurality. This is, therefore, the way in which Europe must pose, now, in
front of the multiplication of these identities. Well, I mean, if Europe has grown
on the thoughts of a Saint, he was Augustine, who was an African, then an immigrant,
a "sans paupière", here, may, perhaps, be able to grow, even, perhaps, the thought...
It is already doing it, I say, the last elected at the Académie de France is a Lebanese, then
Europe has always done this way."