Integration means complementing one another. All new citizens are welcome in the City of Lugano. Learning about the new environment, making friends, finding one's way around, feeling at home, however, requires a little time.
Knowing the Italian language is important to understanding the culture of Italian-speaking Switzerland better.
In Lugano, many schools and associations offer courses: for beginners who have never studied Italian as well as those who know how to express themselves and want to refine their knowledge.
Courses in civic and citizenship training are offered by the Istituto della formazione continua (Institute of Further Education). Those interested can write to firstname.lastname@example.org by specifying that it is regarding naturalisation, submitting the application in accordance with the rules in force as from 1 January 2018.
“A step towards the city” for migrant women
"A step towards the city" is a program designed specifically for migrant women with the aim of helping them to communicate in Italian in everyday life, to meet new people and places as a starting point for involvement in the reality of Lugano and create opportunities for dialogue and intercultural and interreligious exchange. In this way we wish to enhance the culture and skills of each woman involved.
"A step towards the City" is promoted by the Associazioni MC-MC and Seed and proposes a program that traverses the linguistic, social and civil spheres with:
- Italian lessons (70 hours)
- social meetings and outings within the region
Mothers who participate in "A step towards the city" can benefit from a babysitting service.
Enrolments "A step towards the city"
t. +41 76 348 48 91
Advice and information for migrants
What steps must foreign communities take to form an association? How can they get to know and interact with other foreign communities and associations in the region? Or develop their own ideas and propose their own project to the authorities? Or, even more, how can they promote their own culture?
Those who move to Lugano from another country can find answers to these and many other questions about customs and traditions, education and training, work, health, travel and institutions in the city through l'Associazione ACLI Servizi Ticino (International Christian Workers' Associations), a reference point that promotes integration into the new surroundings.
The ACLI Servizi Ticino counters are open to:
- migrants in need of various types of information
- migrant communities who wish to form an association and better promote their activities throughout the region of Lugano and Ticino, becoming a valid interlocutor with the authorities
Opening days and times
- Mon-Tue 9.00-11.30 and 14.00-17.00
Comitato degli italiani all'estero (COMITES)
Circoscrizione consolare di Lugano
Via Dufour 5 A, CP 40
Associazione Amici dell’Ecuador
Via ai Grotti 69
t. + 41 91 930 94 52
Associazione Morresi Emigrati
Circolo ricreativo italiano (CRI)
Via Dufour 5
t. +41 91 940 64 78
Associazione culturale artistica serba "Branko Radicevic"
c/o Savo Ilic
Via Industria 6b
Associazione famiglia bellunese di Lugano
Centro culturale cinese "Il Ponte"
Via Ciseri 2
t. +41 91 921 29 03
Circolo bergamaschi in Ticino
c/o Emilio Cadei
Via Lambertenghi 9 A
Circolo trentini in Ticino
c/o Gianni Busacchi
Via Navree 17
Centro Culturale Turco-Islamico di Lugano
via Giuseppe Maggi 4a
Cives Mundi Ticino
Via Boscioro 20
t. 0900 973782 (a pagamento)