Passive or active subjects? Immigrants’ political participation in Italy

07 June 2022
Migrants protesting in Napoli in January 2019 - © Rosa Gatti

Are migrants apolitical subjects characterized by political apathy, passivity, and quiescence? No, they aren’t. Migrants are politically active subjects. They can be engaged both in host and home countries’ politics in different ways.

Alessio Buonomo

Alessio Buonomo is a temporary research fellow at the University of Naples Federico II. He is part of the editorial board of the Rivista Italiana di Economica, Demografia e Statistica (RIEDS). He obtained his PhD in School of Statistical Sciences (Demography) from the Department of Statistics at the University of Rome La Sapienza. He completed the program European Doctoral School in Demography (EDSD) at the University Warsaw School of Economics (ESG) in Poland, after successfully passing the preparatory courses at the Max Palnk Institute for demographic research in Rostock (Germany). He did also a transnational visiting grant at the Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) in Barcellona for the In-Grid2 project. Alessio's main research interests are migration, education, employment and political participation of natives and individuals with migratory background. Specifically he studied characteristics and determinants of migration (internal and international) of nationals and foreigners. He has also conducted research on school enrolment and early school leaving, in particular focusing on foreigners and second generation. Furthermore, he studied social and psychological aspects of the labour integration of the population with migratory background.

Rosa Gatti

Rosa Gatti is currently post-doc research fellow at the Department of Political Science of the University of Naples Federico II, whose individual research program focuses on “Citizenship paths and socio-political inclusion processes of migrants: gender and generational differences”, included in the “Immigration, integration, settlement. Italian-Style” Prin 2017 national project. She obtained her PhD in Social and Statistical Sciences at the Department of Social Sciences of the same University with a thesis entitled “Gender, Migration and Citizenship. The civic and political participation of migrant women. The case of Naples”. Her main research interests focus on the study of contemporary migration processes with particular attention to gender dynamics and issues related to civic and political participation of migrants. Previously she was adjunct professor of Sociology of Migration at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II. She is a member of some national and international scientific associations and networks (AIS; AtGender; ECPR; ESA; IMISCOE). In addition, she regularly collaborates with Idos Study and Research Center, as editor of the Immigration Statistical Dossier (Dossier Statistico Immigrazione).

Salvatore Strozza

Salvatore Strozza is full professor in Demography at the University of Naples Federico II. He is the coordinator of a one-year Master of 2nd level in “Gestione delle migrazioni e dei processi di accoglienza e inclusione” [Management of Migration and Reception-Integration Processes]. Since November 2020 he is President of the Italian Society of Economics, Demography and Statistics (Società Italiana di Economia Demografia e Statistica - SIEDS). He is the scientific coordinator of the operational units of the University of Naples Federico II (IT) of the 2017 PRIN research project titled “Immigration, integration, settlement. Italian-Style”. He is the author of more than 270 articles or chapters in scientific journals, volumes and conference acts, the (co)author of some books (monographic volumes) and the (co)editor of fifteen volumes and five special issues of scientific journals. His last book, which was written together with Conti C. and Tucci E., is entitled: “Nuovi cittadini. Diventare italiani nell’era della globalizzazione” [New national citizens. Becoming Italian in the era of globalization], published by Il Mulino (Bologna, 2021).

Buonomo, A., Gatti, R., & Strozza, S. Passive or active subjects? Immigrants’ political participation in Italy.

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