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'Je Suis un Italien de Paris': Italian Migrants' Incorporation in a European Capital City



Type:   Article
Titre:   'Je Suis un Italien de Paris': Italian Migrants' Incorporation in a European Capital City
Auteur(s):   Dubucs, Hadrien - Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne (Auteur)
Pfirsch, Thomas - Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambresis (Auteur)
Recchi, Ettore - Observatoire sociologique du changement (Auteur)
Schmoll, Camille - Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 (Auteur)
In:   Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Date de publication:   2016-11
Éditeur:   ROYAUME-UNI  :  Routledge
Volume:   43
Numéro:   4
Pages:   578-595  p.
ISSN:   1369183X
DOI:   10.1080/1369183X.2016.1249051
Mots-clés:   [en] migration, urban integration, transnationalism, Italian migrants
Résumé:   [en] Italy has experienced a new wave of population outflows, in particular since the end of the 2000s, with France as one of the top destinations. This paper investigates the structural and socio-cultural integration of Italian migrants in Paris. The paper is based on a mixed-methods approach, using in-depth interviews, census data and an online survey. We found that the profile and incorporation patterns of post-crisis migrants reflects a long-term trend of middling migration out of Italy. Similar to other studies, we show that current Italian migrants are prevailingly highly skilled and employed in non-manual jobs. As for socio-cultural integration, the paper highlights the symbolic value of the host city, to which migrants are strongly attached. Moreover, the longer the Italian’s stay in Paris, the higher his/her integration in Italy-oriented activities, both within Paris and in Italy. This indicates a complex incorporation model that is at odds with assimilation but at the same time departs from ethnicised and community-based patterns. Italian migrants combine being both Parisian and Italian in a ‘synergistic balancing act’ (Erdal and Oeppen 2013. ‘Migrant Balancing Acts: Understanding the Interactions between Integration and Transnationalism.’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39 (6):867–884.) of integration and transnationalism.

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