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The Culture of Multicultural Integration: Tertiary Organisations' Role in Immigrants' Reception in Sicily
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Cristiano Celesia, Università degli Studi di Catania, 2014-15
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Social and Political Sciences
Migration represents one of the most debated issues in Italy and in the EU in the last decades. This work starts from the concept of multicultural integration, conceived as a relevant pre-existent condition for a good inclusion of migrants; the concept is analysed through a comparative analysis among five EU member states. It is argued that the presence of the ‘culture of multicultural integration’ – rather than other approaches like exclusion, assimilation, or the properly multicultural approach – constitutes an added value able to facilitate immigrants’ integration within societies. Then, the work analyses the reception of migrants in Italy, both highlighting the European and Italian laws regulating the issue, and through a deep analysis of the path faced by migrants since their identification in sea. A statistical section provides a deeper knowledge of immigrants flows in the last five years. Finally, the third chapter begins with a theoretical analysis on the main characteristics possessed by CSOs; then, it focuses on the ways used in Sicily in order to integrate migrants within the society. Inclusion in the labour market is conceived as the most efficient way proving the occurred integration within the society. This paper proposes a snapshot of the tertiary sector organizations (NGOs, associations, and other Civil Society actors) operating for the reception and for immigrants’ integration in a city of the Eastern Sicily – Siracusa. The aim is to assess the role that this kind of organizations are playing in dealing with the immigration issue, also showing the difficulties CSOs are facing in creating a link between reception and inclusion in the labour market. In conclusion, this work tries to depict an ideal organization, not (so far) existent, able to fill the gaps left by the current tertiary sector in the city, in particular with immigrants integration in the labour market.
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