The next 26 May, together with the European elections, will be held the Italian administrative elections. We have taken steps to find candidates of Albanian origin that you can consult
“Arli Dervishi, 23 years, born the 21 / 05 / 1996 in Susa (TO). I graduated a few months ago in the Bachelor of Science in International Sciences, Development and Cooperation at the University of Turin and now I am enrolled in the Master of Science in International Sciences - European Studies.
I am applying with the civic listwith candidate for mayor Ombretta Bertolo, former outgoing mayor who re-elected to this election. Almese Bene Comune is a civic list that thinks about the needs and initiatives in its Municipality of 6400 inhabitants and will compete against a list of the League. "
Interview with Arli Dervishi
1. What is your proposal within the program of the Almese Bene Common list
I would like to offer young people opportunities for aggregation to grow and train the citizens of tomorrow. I am a boy from the country who wants to give a voice to the boys and girls of the area and wants to represent them in the institutions.
With the collaboration of the Municipality we have created a youth club for a few months and we organize events to be able to offer entertainment to the local youth so that they can live better in the Almesina community.
In the case of victory, I would continue to propose initiatives by creating new places and events for young people and I would also deal with other issues that I consider important, such as environmentalism and social rights.
2. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
I have always been a boy who became interested in active citizenship, in fact I have volunteered in various associations since I was a teenager and I still carry on my social commitment for the weakest.
I was an animator in the Scout Almese 1 group and later I served at the soup kitchen in a neighborhood in Turin; today I volunteer at the School of Peace of the Community of Sant'Egidio where I carry out tasks and activities with children in difficult situations.
Furthermore, I would like to directly and concretely represent the voice of young people in the institutions in order to be able to create new initiatives together.
3. Being in possession of a dual citizenship, belonging to multiple cultures and speaking multiple languages is a point of advantage or disadvantage for you and why?
For me it is a point of advantage because having grown up with two different cultures means seeing things from a different point of view that can enrich the community.
Knowing different languages is always a point of advantage because in an increasingly globalized world knowing how to communicate in different forms makes relations between the citizens of the world easier.
4. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
I was born here but I consider Albania to be my home and my family's home because its origins are very important and will always positively influence my life.
Albania has a history of great interest to me in fact I wrote my thesis on the democratic transition of the Albanian Years 90 and the history of this state always fascinates me when it is told to me.
Unfortunately the Albanian society of the early years' 90, for me, has also determined some negative factors causing, in a part of my family, serious health problems that still affect today.
5. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
It means having to repeat my name several times in front of an adult because he can't understand it and sometimes it means being seen with a different eye and this I find unacceptable.
6. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
Being integrated means getting to know Italian and living with Italians, without being always and only in their own limited community of compatriots; it means being active citizens, taking an interest in one's own territory and helping to make it a better place.
Improving immigration policies is a very difficult matter, especially today. We need to oppose today's political class that finds consensus in citizenship by using hatred and discrimination against foreigners; they hinder reception policies in such a way as to make it more difficult to implement an integration process for immigrants and this will inevitably lead to new situations of hardship in which politicians will get more support.
Every citizen of the world has the right to live and to have a roof over his head, to make the integration of a person unfit for leaving him on the street without any help will force him to use unconventional solutions.
7. Do you notice any difference between your parents and you in the way you live in Italy?
Absolutely yes, my parents live society much more closed than me but this aspect is not so much linked to their origins as to our family situation that is independent of nationality.
8. Of Albanian origin, but which is your mother tongue?
My native language is Italian having been born here and having attended school in Italy.
9. Is there an organized Albanian community where you are a candidate? (like some association, a school, etc.). How many Albanians are there in your constituency?
Unfortunately I have never joined these communities and this is also due to the fact that the country in which I am applying does not have many inhabitants of Albanian origin.
10. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
Good luck to all the candidates, I hope your contribution can enrich the community in which you apply. I am proud of the fact that there are a good number of Albanian-born candidates in these local elections because this demonstrates the great integration process that has taken place with the Albanians who arrived in Italy in the 90 Years.
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