Eric Adams cancels visit to migrant school in Italy but group offers advice for Big Apple

Mayor Eric Adams complained of feeling unwell on the third day of his weekend visit to Rome. A tour of an Italian language school that teaches immigrants the local language to help them integrate into society has been canceled.

Adams, who is scheduled to leave for the Eternal City on Thursday and return to the Big Apple on Monday, appeared to be in good health at the beginning of his trip, but before Sunday’s school visit he fell ill and developed a cough. Therefore, I decided to cancel.

Mr. Hizzoner was scheduled to tour the Sant’Egidio community, housed in a 1700s building in Rome’s Piazza Santa Maria. The collective teaches Italian to more than 3,500 people each week as part of a multi-year course to teach the language to immigrants. This is an important task because fluency is required to become a legal resident of Italy.

“He failed to understand that building a multicultural society is possible,” a spokesperson for the group said. “We would also like to work with him on this matter by putting him in touch with our people in New York.

Claudio Betti, a volunteer with the group Santegidi, told the Post that he and his colleagues were disappointed in the mayor’s absence. They wanted to show him how cultural assimilation programs can work as New York City struggles to deal with its immigration crisis. But they were willing to refer him to one of their centers in New York, he said.

Mayor Eric Adams is scheduled to leave for Rome on Thursday and return to New York City on Monday. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

“The images you’ve seen in class today are images of the new world we want to see, and I’m sure he’ll love it,” said Betty, director of the Australian Catholic University’s Rome campus. Ta.

Sant’Egidio has taught Italian to more than 8,000 migrants and refugees, most of whom have come through the program from Syria, but also Peru, Georgia, Colombia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Libya, Sri Lanka, and Ecuador. , and from 120 other countries, including Paraguay.

Many people live in institutions and are encouraged to interact with the local community as part of their education.

“They are hosted in a house in this neighborhood and a house next to ours. They host you for a period of time. They learned Italian and learned the food culture. During that time, we I looked for the land,” Betty said.

A Sant'Egidio student with the textbooks needed for class. Over 8,000 migrants and refugees supported
A Sant’Egidio student with the textbooks needed for class. More than 8,000 immigrants and refugees have been helped to date. craig mccarthy

“We need to unify languages. [it] This is a very important issue in Italy. It is necessary to learn in order to be recognized as a citizen or to order at a restaurant.You are not legally allowed to be a resident here unless you speak [Italian]said Betty.

Most of those 8,000 people are sponsored and have homes throughout Italy. Betti believes this is an essential element if Italy is to survive as its population declines.

“It’s not just about putting them in place, it’s about making them a healthy part of society,” Betty said.