Comitato 3 Ottobre - yesterday and today

Comitato 3 Ottobre is a non-profit organization aimed at raising awareness on integration and reception of migrants, through dialogue with citizens, students and institutions.

On 3 October 2013, 368 migrants died in a shipwreck off the coast of the island of Lampedusa. Only 155 people survived, including 41 minors. Hence, 3 October was established as a symbolic date, not only to commemorate the victims of that shipwreck, but also to remember the thousands of people who regularly drown in the Mediterranean Sea or are rejected on the Eastern borders of Europe.

On 16 March 2016, the Italian Senate approved the Comitato’s bill to establish the national "Day of Remembrance and Reception"to be celebrated on 3 October of each year.

Our Mission

We build memory and integration through educational projects on migration. We organize a series of events to inform, raise awareness and foster equal rights and opportunities for asylum seekers in Italy.

Our Goals

Raising awareness

To inform and involve the young generations in the debate on migration through educational activities both in Italy and abroad. We also carry out advocacy actions at Italian and European institutions.

Monitoring

To create a European DNA database for the
identification of victims
and reform the Dublin Regulation.

Integration

To promote integration and inclusion of migrants within local communities when arriving in Italy and other EU countries. This is an essential condition for the social cohesion of an increasingly multicultural country.

Humanitarian corridors

To support the immediate opening of humanitarian corridors as well as legal and safe entering systems to stop human rights violations and tragedies at sea.

Comitato 3 Ottobre - In a nutshell