Migrants: San Marino OKs bill to host unaccompanied minors

NGO hails initiative as 'important step'

03 May, 12:35

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 3 - The Republic of San Marino has unanimously approved a bill that will enable single people and families to host unaccompanied migrant minors residing in facilities for migrants. The legislation, which came into effect on April 30, will also allow residents to care for minors on the Greek islands.

    The step was celebrated by the NGO Still I Rise on Monday, which explained in a statement that it followed the evolution and approval of the bill discussed by legislators on April 27.

    With law n. 79 of April 30, 2021, the Republic of San Marino regulates the juridical status of unaccompanied foreign minors, who will be assured the possibility of becoming part and growing within a family that is able to guarantee the moral, educational and material support they need. A single person or a couple who are citizens or reside in San Marino, who are over 25 years of age and who can educate and support a minor, will be allowed to become foster parents, under the legislation. Another requirement is that foster parents - whenever possible - will have to maintain contacts between children and their family of origin.

    Citizens and residents will also be allowed to welcome more than a minor, if they want to, favoring relationships between siblings.

    In addition, a mechanism of "internal solidarity" was included among measures for those who cannot welcome a child within their household but who want to be part of the project, enabling them to financially support one or more minors. The minors will instead be housed families who can take care of them but who would be unable to support them financially. In order to encourage fostering, the Republic of San Marino plans to set up a Fund for the economic support of foster families in future.

    "This project adds a fundamental tassel, which was so far missing, to our action", said Nicolò Govoni and Riccardo Geminiani, president and vice president of Still I Rise. "Thanks to the new law, unaccompanied minors who are present in our schools in contexts of emergency (like Mazì and Samos) will be able to continue their journey of hope also outside, in a safe environment, within families who take care of them and ensure the necessary services for their growth. We are very happy and deeply grateful to the Republic of San Marino for taking such an important step". (ANSAmed)
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