Read Vedrana Skocic testimonial as a migrant woman living and working in Italy

My name is Vedrana Skocic and I was born in Jugoslavia where I finished my University degree in teaching in Primary school.  

In 1991, the problems started in Slovenia and we were not able to return neither to our homes nor to our jobs. Unwillingly, we were thrown into the historic event that made disappear forever my country and that forced me to emigrate, in order to save my life.

Today, seeing all the refugees arriving in Europe, all images and sensations are returning from the past.

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The main reason that made me stay in Italy was the people I met.

When I arrived in Italy, there were no services for migrants and I had to find my way by myself and learn how to do the things. There was no Internet with information and especially when it comes to bureaucracy, things were quite complicated.

Fortunately, with a help of some nice people and new friends, I succeeded to learn Italian language and started to understand the local culture, the way of living and doing things.

Next step was getting a degree of obligatory education in Italy called degree of Terza media (Secondary school). After all these years it is still the only degree I have recognized officially from Italian state. Even now, that I have Italian citizenship and Croatia is in EU, it is not possible to have a recognition of my degree.

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At that time, fortunately, there were many opportunities to participate in training courses financed from EU.

The training was very important for me because this was an opportunity to get to know different people, the trainers and also migrants and Italians living the situation similar to mine. Also every training was another opportunity to learn things and improve my competence in Italian language.

When I heard of the intention to start linguistic and intercultural mediation in Verona and Province by Municipality of Verona and Ulss 22, I applied immediately. Then I started to work in job orientation – at Stella Association – and many people coming to the office were migrants in need of information and support.

For us it is very important to work with migrant women and stimulate them to improve their self confidence, to revalue and become aware of their competences and to look for ways in making these competences valorised and recognized also from job employers.

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WhomeN project can be very important for these women so that they can recognize the competences they have that can be recognized also in the country of their immigration. The protocol is probably going to be the most important output of this project that every person will be able to access and use for the evaluation of soft skills.

 

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