When I escaped from Ukraine, I went first to Poland and then to Italy, where I sought political asylum. In one of the shelters I was before I came to Casa+, I felt very lonely.

© Marco Zeppetella

He is Yury and he comes from Ukraine. He came to Italy to escape the war; he went first to Poland and then to Italy, where he sought political asylum. He tells that his country isn’t very welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people. Before coming to Casa+ he was in another shelter, where he felt very lonely and marginalized.

Yury is looking for a place in Italy where he can restart his life and feel welcome; he would like to learn Italian in order to study and work. He would also like to continue the studies he had undertaken in Ukraine before he escaped.

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Rainbow Welcome! visual universe

Rainbow Welcome! visual identity has been developed by Alison Roger France, in collaboration with PLS and all the partners. 

She studied the complexity of sexuality, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, identities, sexual characteristics, fluidity between the various spectrums, etc. She also adopted a reflective creation process including refugees’ journey in life and on earth to finally come with those organic forms whose nasting, movements and textures aim at illustrating the multiplicity and complexity of each and all individuals. Of course, the colours of the LGBTIQ+ flag have been used. The whole is wanted to be dynamic, intriguing and … positive. Our message is the one of reception and inclusion, as stated in our motto “Rainbow refugees, WELCOME!”.