The award for Mr. Orlando is motivated by his unremitting dedication to defend human rights in general and the humane treatment of refugees in particular. During his career he has successfully and with great resolve and determination acted against the mafia, corruption and the death penalty. For many years now he is the most prominent advocate of a hospitable and human approach of the issue of immigration in Italy and Europe.
Under his leadership as mayor, he has tackled the corruption in the city administration of Palermo and the city was transformed into a vibrant and culturally interesting place to live and work and an attractive destination to visit. As a politician, an administrator and a human being Mr. Orlando considers it his responsibility to welcome refugees on the quays of Palermo and treat them in a humanitarian way. Under his guidance the city council amongst others stimulates integration projects like Molti Volti, a cooperation of startups annex restaurant.