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.

Research areas

The Lab will use multiple disciplinary skills and perspective, in particular it will explain the subtopic related to:

- Human rights, mobility and migration, with a special focus on migration, mobility, citizenship, and social security;

- Spaces, places, cities with a focus on the structure and deficiencies of the districts where migrants and weaker social strata are concentrated, but at the same time on the problems related to their dispersion in extra-urban - especially rural - contexts

- Analysis of hate speech and fake news, with regard also to the current European context and to the sovereign policies of some member states;

- Analysis of migrants narratives’ with particular regard to their life experiences (both regarding language and asylum seeking)

- Multilingualism and linguistic rights, with particular regard to teaching in multilingual classes;

- Migration literature with particular regard to overcoming the concept of national literature and the contribution of non-native writers;

- Health and migration, with a special regard to the health conditions of migrants, particularly women and minors.

Planned outputs of the Lab and current work in progress

Diversity and Migration Lab collects several participants and so the working groups aims is developing several outputs. 

- A Report about the topic of Diversity and Migration, aimed at giving a comprehensive overview about the topics and the issues discussed in the Lab and especially about housing policies, issues related to right to housing and rural areas, citizenship, fundamental rights of migrants and guarantees for most vulnerable persons, narrative of migrants and representation in the media, multilingualism and linguistic rights in education. 

- A Winter School focused on “Belong and Non-Belonging in Europe”, organized with the collaboration of the Forthem Lab “Experiencing Europe”. The Winter School will take place in February 2022 and it will be focused on the role of migrants in Europe, human rights of vulnerable migrants, perception of the refugee crisis, narrative and artistic representations, aspects of diversities and European discourses and actions. 

- A Summer School focused on “Multilingualism in schools: methods and strategies for teaching languages” in collaboration with Multilingualism Lab. This Summer school to be offered in 2021 seeks to find ways for teachers to better include multilingual students and pupils by creating an international program for the FORTHEM Alliance, promoting and sharing experiences and good practises, identifying challenges and needs of teachers teaching multilingual groups, and through other means. 

- A Webinar on COVID-19’s impact, which will take place in Spring 2021, focused on  how migrants’ life and rights have been affected from the pandemic.  

- A Webinar, organized in collaboration with the FORTHEM Lab Multilingualism, focused on language teaching methods and migrants in higher education. 

- An online platform, a “Media Collection” especially aimed at sharing artistic and digital contents about the narratives of life experience 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 mobility project for internship in Palermo, related to the topic of human rights, in partnership with CLEDU (Legal Clinic of Human Rights) and aimed at researching on topics such as human rights situations on specific countries and at writing legal reports 

- A workshop “Navigating in system” that took place in January and was focused on challenges for human rights of migrants in EU, in the light of ONG’s practical experiences 

- A series of lectures series themes “Mobility and Migration in Europe” that took place in February and addressed migration and mobility towards Europe and even intra-European mobility through social, ethical, political and historical perspectives.   

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 Claire Despierres
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 University Lecturer Carmen Carmona Rodríguez


Associated partners contributing to the Lab

Highlighted events and progress in the Lab

Alliance level Kick-off meeting 27th and 28th April 2020

Several Alliance level meetings in March and April 2020


Blog posts from Lab activities

Diversity and Migration Lab's First Progress Meeting