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With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union

Fondi Otto per Mille della Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

With financial support by Society Integration Foundation (SIF)


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The decision to name this piece of work ‘’Burocrazy’’ (‘’bureaucracy’’ in English) was made after spending a lot of time and effort filing and compiling documents, in this case linked to obtaining a residence permit. The drawings represent the majority of the foreigners we met in immigration offices, who came from different walks of life and displayed a unique diversity, each with their own language, culture and way of dressing. The decision to present only a single item in colour is a means of drawing attention away from the external differences between the people involved, emphasising instead the aspect in focus at that particular moment. Another key feature is the use of different fonts to symbolise the different accents in which Italian sentences are spoken.


I am originally from Kenya and I am currently studying nursing in Italy at the University of Padua. I draw for fun and I love going to the cinema! I entered this competition after a friend directed me to the website. Having experienced the problem of racism, I wanted to tell my story through my drawings.

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Immigration Office

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1. Waiting room 7:12 a.m. At the immigration office
2. Mom, I don’t want to read it’s boring! / Come on Tausi, the teacher said that you should read more often!
3. Where do you come from? / I was born in Codru, Moldavia.

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1. I’m bored / Ma Ji look at the photos of your cousin
2. He is beautiful and small. /Do you remember your aunt E-Hui? They live in Wenzouh now.
3.Excuse me, I would like to enquire about the family reunification process. / Go down the hall to the office on your right.
4. I want to request Italian citizenship for my son, who is 18 years old.
5. What’s our number?

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1. Mr. Pawan, please sign here…. Here is your temporary residence permit , with this you can ….
2. I can attend my sister’s wedding and come back. / Yes.
3. Karim has just gone back home, he has gone to visit his mom. / Your brother has always been a good boy, and Samir? How is he?
4.What’s for dinner tonight? / You have to write your surname here. / What is your doll’s name? / Clara.

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Who can request an Italian residence permit?

As of 1 January 2012, there were just over 3.600.000 non-EU citizens living in Italy, around 100,000 more than the year before. Between 2010 and 2011, the numbers of new entrants arriving in the country decreased sharply: 361,690 permits were issued during 2011, almost 40% less than the year before.

The majority of migrants come from Morocco (506.369), Albania (491.495), China (277.570), Ukraine (223.782) and the Philippines (152.382). But the greatest number of migrants come from Romania (1.071.342).

Who are we?

In spite of their young average age, the foreign population (15-64 years) has similar levels of education to Italians. Almost half of foreigners possess a middle school degree, compared to 45.3% of Italians. The numbers of graduates are almost identical (40.9% and 41.1% respectively), while one immigrant out of ten possesses a university degree compared to 13.5% of Italians. In 2011 foreign labour represented 10.2% of the total labour force.
The employment rate among foreigners continues to be higher than that among Italians (66.2% compared to 60.7% respectively), as does the unemployment rate (12.1% compared to 8.0% respectively). On the other hand, the inactivity rates among the immigrant population, are almost ten percentage points lower than those among the Italian population (29.1% compared to 38.6%). For the third year in a row, deteriorating working conditions, and particularly declining rates of employment, are more pronounced among immigrants than among Italians.

(Source: ISTAT)

How does one get a residence permit?
Those arriving in Italy for the first time have 8 days to formally request a residence permit.
To get a residence permit it is necessary to present:
A request form
A valid passport with entry visa
A photocopy of the document
4 identical recent passport photograph
A stamp worth 14,12 Euro
Documentation relevant to the type of residence permit requested
Fees ranging from 80-100 Euros, paid at the post office
Duration of the residence permit
Up to 6 months for seasonal jobs.
Up to 9 months for seasonal jobs that require an extension.
Up to 1 year for study or vocational training.
Up to 2 years for self-employment, employment for an indefinite period and family reunification.

The permit is issued after 4 to 6 months by the immigration service.
In the meantime, applicants are provided with a receipt for the request for the permit or for renewal of the permit.