The Region of Puglia
Puglia is one of Italy’s southern regions known for its white sandy beaches, incredible cuisine, and warm hospitality.
Puglia is also widely regarded as ‘ground zero’ for modern day migration to Italy. After the fall of communism, in the summer of 1991 tens of thousands of Albanians disembarked ships in the ports of Bari and Brindisi, escaping danger and poverty in search of a better life.
Today, the same ports in Bari and Brindisi have seen hundreds of thousands of Migrants and Refugees pass through from Sub Saharan Africa, Syria, and the Middle East, escaping danger and poverty in search for a better life.
Students of the Summer Migration Fellowship work on site at two locations in Brindisi.
The Caritas of Brindisi is a catholic run social welfare organization that offers meals, shelter, and other services to members of society living on the margins. Students volunteer for two days a week in the Cafeteria, giving out food, and interacting with migrant guests who are living at the charity.
The ‘Centro Accoglienza per Richidienti Asilo’ is a "‘Welcome Center’ where migrants stay while their processes for political asylum are processed. Students of the summer migration fellowship lead workshops at the C.A.R.A three times per week .