Bologna (Italy)


A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

The Municipality of Bologna has created a multilingual guide to welcome foreign citizens to the city and to give them information about the access to rights and services. The guide contains information about legal residence in Italy (stay permit, citizenship, etc.), work situation, housing and health. The housing part gives information about the different types of contracts and rents, low income housing (public housing), state financial aid for rent and how to buy a house in Bologna. The booklet explains the conditions and requirements to access public housing, which is rented out by the Municipality at prices that are lower than market price. This multilingual guide is an effective resource for foreigners who arrive in Bologna. Available in several different languages, it can be used by individuals and families who do not speak Italian.

City Information
Bologna is the seventh largest city in terms of population in Italy and it is a part of a metropolitan area of about 1,000,000 inhabitants. Bologna is also an important crossroads of the roads and trains of Northern Italy, where many important mechanical, electronic and nutritional industries have their headquarters. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO’s “city of music”. 

Bologna has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since November 2007.

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See also: Annual General Conference of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism, Bologna, Italy, 18-20 September 2008

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