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From ‘emigrants’ to ‘Italians’: what is new in Italian migration to London?

Scotto, Giuseppe (2015) From ‘emigrants’ to ‘Italians’: what is new in Italian migration to London? Modern Italy, 20 (2). pp. 153-165. ISSN 1353-2944

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Abstract

London today hosts more than 200,000 Italian people. A traditional point of arrival for Italian migrants since the nineteenth century, London is a setting characterised by the presence of the ‘old’ classic economic migration – of those who left Italy mainly in the 1950s and 1960s, and the ‘new’ migration, made up mainly of highly-educated people in the professional, academic and arts sectors. These two groups differ as regards their time of arrival, socio-economic characteristics and educational background, and they rarely have the chance or find the need to interact. This paper is based on interviews with representatives of Italian institutions and associations, and with ‘old’ and ‘new’ Italian migrants; participant observation of Italian events happening in London; and some elements of discourse analysis. By means of this empirical material, I aim to show that, besides their well-known differences, the ‘old’ and ‘new’ communities present striking similarities in their migration narratives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Modern Italy on 29/04/15, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13532944.2015.1032231
Uncontrolled Keywords: 21 History And Archaeology, 20 Language, Communication And Culture, 16 Studies In Human Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 13:06
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2016 23:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13532944.2015.1032231
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3312

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