Although somewhat later than in other European countries, migration to Italy has grown significantly during the past few years and, accordingly, an important body of studies and research in the field of the sociology of migration has developed (e.g. Pollini and Scidà 1998; Melotti 2004). Ambrosini (2005 and 2008) recognizes that nowadays migration marks the most visible and controversial factor of change in our society and takes a strong position against the deficiency of ethical and political decisions,2 while suggesting proposals and concrete actions, such as enhancing the diverse forms of organized solidarity among citizens at a local level (the so-called ‘third sector’).