Governing diversity in Milan

Governing diversity in Milan

An appraisal of the last twenty years of immigrant and diversity policies
Séminaire joint OSC-LIEPP 16 mars 2018
  • Bureau de l'immigration, Milan centre - Photo Alexandre Rotenberg / ShutterstockBureau de l'immigration, Milan centre - Photo Alexandre Rotenberg / Shutterstock


Le LIEPP a le plaisir de vous inviter au séminaire joint OSC-LIEPP avec le professeur invité Fabio Quassoli:

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

[langue: anglais]

vendredi 16 mars 2018
11h30 - 13h00
Salle Annick Percheron
98, rue de l'Université 75007 Paris 

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     Fabio Quassoli     

     Associate Professor, Université de Milan Bicocca
     Professeur invité au LIEPP du 5/03 au 27/04




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. 


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