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When home and work are not enough. The challenge of international migrants’ agency in the Italian Alps

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Even when they have access to housing and employment, international migrants struggle to develop their own agency, i.e. the capacity to act in their own life contexts, exercising citizenship rights within substantive inclusion processes in the wider communities. The territorial context in fact, especially in rural and mountainous areas such as the Alpine ones analysed here, seems in many ways to represent a limit to the development of capacities and exercise of rights. Difficulties in accessing public space and public sphere, scarce social recognition, low status, housing isolation (as is the case of those who live in small mountain villages), professional ghettoisation: these are factors that, even in presence of an acceptable working and housing inclusion, make it difficult for international migrants to exercise their rights, to have their skills recognised, and, ultimately, to develop an agency genuinely linked to their capabilities.

In this article, with reference to the action-research activities carried out in 2020-22 by the Horizon2020 MATILDE project in the Italian Alpine areas of South Tyrol and the Metropolitan City of Turin, attention is focused on the policies that could favour the effective migrants’ agency in mountain territories.

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Andrea Membretti - University of Turin, DCPS

Fabio Lucchini - eCampus University

Monica Gilli - University of Torino, DCPS

Mia Scotti - CREA – Council for Agricultural Research and Economics

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Membretti, A., Lucchini, F., Gilli, M., & Scotti, M. (2023). When home and work are not enough. The challenge of international migrants’ agency in the Italian Alps. European Journal of Spatial Development, 20(4). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8308494