The No Border Presidium, born at the end of 2015 in Ventimiglia, was dismantled about three months after its creation. Numerous fogli di via (warrant paper) have been sent to militants and activists, while the migrants there have been systematically identified and registered.
From July 2016 to December 2018, activists from the 20K group, along with the feminist network “Non una di meno”, ran the Euphemia Infopoint located in Via Tenda. The name refers to one of the imaginary cities of the well-known Italian author, Italo Calvino. In the novel, the City is a place of exchanges, contacts and “hybridization” (link to Calvino’s story). Euphemia Infopoint covers three areas of intervention: information point, legal orientation, feminist space. This centre – run by migrants and volunteers – has been shut down due to pressure from the neighbourhood committee, but is currently operating as a “mobile” project thanks to a van financed by a British activist network, originally created to support the camp in Calais (France).
When the Infopoint in via Tenda was closed, activists gathered the material left there by migrants in transit over time: drawings, poems, and writings. Using these materials, they set up an exhibition in collaboration with the Universities of Genoa and Amsterdam entitled “Euphemia/ The Drowned and the Saved” [Genoa Exhibition “I sommersi e i salvati” – “The Drowned and the Saved”].
Another symbol of the “principle of hospitality” (Derrida) in Ventimiglia is the Lo Hobbit, a café run by Delia Bonuomo, which has steadily become an international emblem of support for the migratory cause.
Finally, a central support role is played by the Caritas centre in Ventimiglia. It provides clothes and meals to locals in need as well as to migrants in transit. A noteworthy part of the assistance provided by the church in Ventimiglia is the experience of the Saint Anthony’s Church in the Gianchette neighbourhood, which assisted thousands of migrants between May 2016 and August 2017.
In recent years, Ventimiglia has also hosted several demonstrations of solidarity with the migrant cause, the last of which – widely attended – took place on 15 July 2018 and 5 October 2019.