Prof. Dr. Henning Hillmann, Mannheim;
Prof. Fabio Macioce, Università LUMSA, Roma
The project analyzes the role that small cities play in the integration process of immigrants in Europe. Through a multidisciplinary (sociological, philosophical, legal, and economic) approach, we aim to better understand how small towns provide a context for the integration of newcomers. These communities, historically characterized by strong interpersonal relationships, display a more active participation of individuals and groups in schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Accordingly, we investigate the effectiveness of small-town contexts in facilitating and implementing integration policies.
The analyses focus on Italy and Germany, both affected by significant migration flows in the past decades, and both marked by political, social, and economic dynamism of small cities. The project brings together (junior) scholars from Italy and Germany working on migration research enabling them to engage in a scientific exchange and foster an environment of mutual knowledge and ideas.