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National Minorities, Migration and Cultural Diversity

Cultural_Diversity_200x150.jpgThe inclusion and participation of migrants, the so-called "new minorities", has become a challenge for many stakeholders and at all governance levels.

This research area focuses on the dynamics of migration and integration from the perspective of minority studies. It addresses the extension of minority standards, traditionally envisioned for historical minorities, to "new minorities".

It also examines the impact of immigration on autonomous territories characterized by the presence of autochthonous, old minorities, such as South Tyrol, Catalonia, Québec, Basque Country, and explores the interrelation between equality law, non-discrimination, and inclusion.

Some examples of the topics explored are the contribution of international human and minority rights law with regards to the Roma, Sinti and Travellers; the accommodation of increasing religious diversity in everyday life; and the disadvantages new minorities face in daily life, particularly in rural contexts.

A multi and interdisciplinary approach focusing on the legal perspective and combining political and social science research, seeks to address the complexity of these issues. Thus, this research area explores to what extent equality law, non-discrimination, and positive actions may address, and mitigate, disadvantages in general, and in these specific contexts in particular.​

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