The 17 last December, the National Directorate of PD has formally committed itself to elect parliamentarians of migrant origin, becoming the first Italian political force to have assumed this responsibility. The 29 and the 30 December there will be the primaries of the PD for the choice of parliamentary candidates, and candidates of non-Italian origin who run in the primaries are only two. Taking note of the decision of the PD and the real difficulties that the primaries are elected candidates of migrant origin, since December 18 we have been activated as a community and Albanian diaspora to support the candidacy of Ismail "ISSI" Ademial national list that is available to the secretary of the PD Pierluigi Bersani. Despite the holidays, the limited time available, the convictions and political affiliations of the individual members, 30 associations and media active throughout the national territory shared a text that 27 December was sent to the secretary of the PD.
All'attenzionedell'ON. Pierluigi Bersani Secretary of the Italian Democratic Party We learned that the National Directorate of the Democratic Party approved the 17 last December the ODG presented by the Hon. Livia Turco, from the Hon. Jean Léonard Touadi and Marco Pacciotti, pledging to elect parliamentarians of non-Italian origin. A careful choice of the human geography of today's Italy. In fact, the presence of migrant citizens in the country has become very significant. According to the estimates of the last Statistical Immigration Dossier of Caritas / Migrantes, regular migrant citizens are 5.011.000, they constitute about 8,2% of the Italian population, and of these 491.495 are of Albanian origin.
The mass exoduses of the early Nineties, of which we Albanian citizens have been protagonists, have radically changed the common imaginary about foreigners and immigration. Despite the wild stigma of the media, the exploitation of the political class and the abundance of negative stereotypes towards us, today we represent one of the most integrated and rooted communities in the Italian economic, social, cultural and political fabric. The Italian citizens of Albanian origin are over 40 thousand and every year around 7 thousand obtain citizenship, a trend in constant growth.
Ours is a young community: more than 50% of people do not exceed 29 years of age, over 20.000 children attend kindergartens, as many young people high school and about 12.000 the university. It is also a hard-working community, made up of men and women, workers, professionals, doctors, nurses, teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, artisans who every day serve this country, contributing to its well-being and social cohesion. But it is also a community aware that integration passes through participation, commitment and the conquest of spaces in the public sphere, fully recognizing the values and principles of society and the Italian Constitution. Constitution rejected, if we consider that the Italian legislation in force does not recognize political rights to "non-citizens", according to a concept of ius sanguinis and times of granting citizenship by naturalization very long, troubled, unacceptable.
We believe that the failure to grant the right to vote at the local level and the lack of greater recognition of rights and places of citizenship have limited the participation of migrant citizens in political life, contributing at the same time to the consolidation of a widespread mistrust towards politics and Italian companies. The same parties, their leaders and militants in the area ignored the importance of involving "non-citizens", often rowing against their political participation. And in recent years some political forces have relied on the culture of fear and exploited migratory phenomena during parliamentary and administrative elections.
We note that only by reversing this trend can we consider ourselves citizens and build the future. In fact, although in such an adverse context, many Albanian and migrant citizens have actively engaged in politics, convinced that rights can be won only through participation and an idea of an inclusive, equitable and conscious society can be built and cultural events in progress.
We recognize that the decision to also elect parliamentarians of non-Italian origin is in line with the opening that the PD is showing in a more determined way on the issues of integration, citizenship and the right to vote. To date, your party is the only one formally committed in this sense, and we hope that the other political forces will take the opportunity to make this rule their own, an expression of a mature policy that is attentive to the future of the country.
Considering the rules of the primaries of the PD on the political elections and the lack of territorial rooting and of non-autochthonous members within the PD, we believe that the participation of candidates of foreign origin cannot be at par and not prejudicial. The presence of qualified candidates with a migratory path behind them will therefore also depend on his political will and that of the party that she leads.
With this letter, on behalf of our associations, representative of the Albanian community throughout the national territory, we feel like proposing them as a candidate in the "national list" at his disposal: Ismail "Issi" Ademi, a member of the National Immigration Forum of the PD and active for years in promoting citizenship and voting rights for migrant citizens in Italy. "Unaccompanied minor" yesterday, a new Italian citizen at the service of Italy today, with years of militancy behind him and a solid social and political commitment, Issi knows closely both the problems of the country that accepted it and those of migrant citizens and second generations. We are firmly convinced that Issi, strong also from the support of our community and the esteem of others, is the right figure to personify and give meaning to the far-sighted choice of the current PD leadership group.
Waiting for your choice and with the best wishes for the Democratic Party, we thank you right now for the attention you will dedicate to us.
Signatory associations and media Roland Jaçe - president of the Forum of Albanian Associations in Emilia Romagna (F.
E.) Klodian Dervishi - president of the Albanian Tuscany Associations Network (R.
T.) Agron Çeka - president of the Italian-Albanian Association Friendship of Rimini (RN) - Emilia RomagnaArch.
Rubolino - president National Association of Italian and Family Citizens Repatriated from Albania (ANCIFRA) Ardian Hasanaj - president of the Albanian Association of Pescara (PE) - AbruzzoArta Nikaj - president of the Association A.
F. of Florence (FI) - ToscanaArlid Hajro - president of the Associazione G.
T. di Firenze (FI) - ToscanaAstrit Çela - president of Albania and the Future of Milan (MI) - LombardiaBesmir Rrjolli - president of the Dora Association and pajtimit of Milan (MI) - LombardiaBlenti Shehaj - Association president Art @ mia of Turin (TO) - PiemonteChiara Castiglioni - president of the Infiniti Mondi Onlus Association of Turin (TO) - PiemonteEduard Soppi - president of the Albanian Cultural Center Mother Teresa of Calcutta of Asti (AT) - PiemonteEndri Xhaferaj - president of the Juvenilja Association of Forlì (RN) - Emilia RomagnaFatmir Kapllanaj - president of the Ura Association of Novara (NO) - PiemonteFranco Tagliarini - Director of Albanianews.itGentian Alimadhi - president of the Scanderbeg Association of Parma (PR) - Emilia RomagnaGerarta Ballo - president of the Youthink Association of Turin (TO) - PiemonteGentian Kerni - president of the U.
B. of Bologna (BO) - Emilia Romagna Gjovalin Guga - president of the Mother Teresa Association in Turin (TO) - PiemonteGranit Muçaj - president of the Skanderbeg Association of Fermo (FM) - MarcheHamza Kazazi - president of the Albanian Association abroad of Turin (TO) - PiemonteKeti Biçoku - periodical director Bota Shqiptare and online magazine Shqiptariitalise.com - Rome (RM) - LazioKlodian Cami - president of the Shqiponja Association of Reggio Emilia (RE) - Emilia Romagna Ilir Malaj - president of the Mergimtari Association of Cuneo (CN) - PiemonteLeonora Memia - president of the Trina Association di Alba (CN) - PiemonteLlazar Lushi - president of Iliria Association of Rieti (RI) - LazioNikolin Gjeloshi - president of AssoAlbania di Pi
stoia (PT) - ToscanaOlti Buzi - president of Alba Media Association of Modena (MO) - Emilia RomagnaOltion Nallbani - organizational manager of the Tutti Insieme Association of Bologna (BO) - Emilia Romagna HASHTAG # conissi