Governing diversity in Milan

An appraisal of the last twenty years of immigrant and diversity policies
Joint OSC-LIEPP seminar, March 16th 2018
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LIEPP's Discriminations and Social Inequalities Research Group is glad to invite you to attend the joint-seminar OSC-LIEPP with the visiting professor Fabio Quassoli:

Governing diversity in Milan: An appraisal of the last twenty years of immigrant and diversity policies

[language: English]
 

Friday, March 16th 2018
11:30 am - 01:00 pm
Room Annick Percheron
98, rue de l'Université 75007 Paris 

 Registration : bernard.corminboeuf@sciencespo.fr

 

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     Fabio Quassoli     

     Associate Professor, University Milano-Bicocca
     Visiting professor at LIEPP from March 3rd to Aptril 27th

 

 

Abstract

Milan is the first immigrants’ destination in Italy and the cosmopolitan city by excellence in the country. Yet for almost two decades the local government has not demonstrated to be particularly prone to the promotion of urban diversity and recognition of the value brought about by immigrants’ communities; safety policies, rather than integration or multicultural policies have been implemented. An apparent radical change started in 2011 when the left-wing coalition led by Giuliano Pisapia won the local elections. In my presentation I analyse the recent evolution of the administration political discourse on diversity and international immigrants’ presence in the city, with the aim to highlight:
- the extent to which the discourse about diversity has been evolving and whether and how any of such changes translate into actual initiatives and/or in policy implementation; 
- the prevailing narratives (interculturalism, multiculturalism, integration, etc.) and the related representations of immigrants and the city itself. 

Particular attention will be devoted to the initiative called “Forum della Città Mondo”, a permanent assembly gathering representatives from migrant and ethnic associations created along the selection of Milan as the site of the 2015 Universal Exposition.