Diversity and Migration

This Lab aims to analyze contemporary migratory movement, starting from the European zone and then extending to other close areas, with research orientation that focuses on a resource-based view of the political choices of the various national, regional and local institutions, whilst also considering the emergence and development of public / private networks that also involve to varying degrees the most active elements in the newly-arrived populations. 

The lab, pursuing a participatory and pluralistic approach, will also involve external subjects, municipal and regional departments and single persons such as migrants, voluntary associations and NGOs. Students will have a central role and the lab will provide them an expertise in this area.

Planned outputs of the Lab and current work in progress


  • - A  workshop “Navigating in the system”  took place on 14th January 2021 and was focused on challenges for human rights of migrants in the EU, in the light of ONG’s practical experiences. 
  • - A series of lectures series themes “Mobility and Migration in Europe” took place in February 2021 and addressed migration and mobility towards Europe and even intra-European mobility through social, ethical, political and historical perspectives.   
  • - A webinar “Invisible Virus – Invisible Victims. Migrants in Europe and the Impact of the Covid Crisis”, focused on how migrants’ life and rights have been affected by the pandemic, which took place on 20 and 21 April 2021.
  • - A Winter School focusing on "Belonging and not belonging in Europe", organised with the collaboration of the FORTHEM Lab "Experiencing Europe". The Winter School took place from 21 to 25 February 2022 at the University of Jyväskylä and focused on the role of migrants in Europe, human rights of vulnerable migrants, perceptions of the refugee crisis, narrative and artistic representations, aspects of diversity and European discourses and actions.


  • - A Report open-access about the topic of Diversity and Migration and on the activities carried out within the Lab, aimed at giving a comprehensive overview about the good practices and the themes and the issues discussed in the Lab and especially about housing policies, issues related to the right to housing and rural areas, citizenship, fundamental rights of migrants and guarantees for most vulnerable persons, the narrative of migrants and representation in the media, multilingualism and linguistic rights in education.
  • - An online platform, a “Media Collection” aimed at sharing artistic and digital content about the narratives of life experiences of migrants. The team would collect the media produced by various minority groups in order to collate them with professional responses in a way that reduces the power relationship. 
  • - A Summer school on “Migrants’ rights in European space” to be held between 6 and 10 June 2022 at the University of Palermo. The Summer School will deal with the human rights situation in specific countries and the drafting of legal reports in cooperation with CLEDU (Legal Clinic of Human Rights).
  • - A Summer School on “Diversity, distinction and difference” to be held between 18 and 22 July 2022 at the University of Opole. The Summer School will have multidisciplinary perspectives and will be organised around the concept of “symbolic boundaries”.
  • - A Project on “White privilege and structural discrimination in higher education: Perspectives from research, strategies for change” will take place over the spring of 2022 and will include several events, including a short series of conferences, a seminar to deepen the themes of the conferences and a workshop. The project aims to promote reflections of different groups on the situations in European universities and to initiate an exchange on strategies to reduce discrimination in the framework of FORTHEM.
  • - Two Digital Academy courses, one entitled “Migration and diversity narratives: an intersectional approach” and the other on “Human trafficking and fundamental rights: an overview”.
  • - A FIT FORTHEM co-creation pilot project “IncluKIT - Inclusive Intercultural Communication Training Kit for Initial Reception of Migrants” in collaboration with two external stakeholders (SIETAR Europe & SIG Migration and diversophy®). The project aims at creating a training kit for the whole spectrum of volunteers and professionals involved in the initial reception of newly arrived migrants in European countries, focusing on the understanding and analysis of cultural differences during this transitional phase.

Lab contact information

Alliance level Contact Persons

University of Palermo, Italy Professor Francesco Lo Piccolo
University of Palermo, Italy Associate Professor Annalisa Mangiaracina
University of Palermo, Italy Associate Professor Giuseppe Paternostro

University level Contact Persons

Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany Professor Gerhard Kruip
University of Jyväskylä, Finland University Teacher Hanna-Mari Kivistö   
University of Burgundy, France University Lecturer David Bousquet
University of Opole, Poland Assistant Professor Michał Wanke
University of Latvia, Riga Professor Raivis Bickeskis
University of Latvia, Riga Researcher Maris Kulis
University of Latvia, Riga Doctoral Student Reinis Vilcins
University of València, Spain Associate Professor Carmen Carmona Rodríguez

Associated partners contributing to the Lab

Highlighted events and progress in the Lab