Europe currently faces the greatest migration challenge since the end of World War II, with a large number of people seeking refuge from war, poverty, and political instability. More than 500,000 migrants have landed at Italian ports alone since 2014. The Italian government continues to ask the European Union for financial support to manage the flow of migrants, mostly arriving from North Africa, but the flow of migrants to the country continues to grow. There exists a drastic need for economic opportunities and social programs for migrants entering Italy in search of a better life.
Migrantour Rome will be facilitating tours for about 1500 G Adventures travellers annually, beginning in 2018. Partnering with Planeterra, Migrantour created an “alternative” tour that shows the multiculturalism, and hidden gems of Rome that make the city unique and diverse. Guests participate in a tour led by a newcomer to the city, who take them to various shops, associations, places of worship for a wholesome intercultural experience that tourists to Rome rarely see.
Through tour guides who are migrants themselves, travellers are exposed to the history of migration in Rome, and the beauty created by a melting pot of cultures, languages, and religions living together harmoniously. Not only will a Planeterra partnership help Migrantour Rome to spread their message, but it will also bring in much-needed revenue from tourism for the organization’s efforts across Europe.