Still a Place of Hope? Immigration in the Periphery of Southern Europe in an Age of Crisis

By Rocio Blanco Gregory, Domenico Maddaloni and Grazia Moffa.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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The aim of our paper is to analyze the impact of the southern European economic crisis on migration flows and integration of immigrants in two peripheral regions, Campania (Italy) and Extremadura (Spain). Our starting hypothesis was that the current crisis is causing a decline in public policies towards immigrants in regions where the public sector was already rather ineffective. Nevertheless, the crisis is also causing a reduction in migration flows to these same regions. In addition, the relatively unstructured nature of the local economy could act as a vehicle of damping the labor costs and the housing insecurity, both for local residents and immigrants. We worked on quantitative and qualitative data already available on these topics; moreover, we carried out a survey involving a number of key informants on migration
at the regional level. However, the findings we obtained confirm our starting hypothesis only partially, also highlighting some differences between these regions.

Keywords: International Migration, Social Change, Southern Europe

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.17-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 29, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.857KB)), ISSN: ISSN 2324-7576.

Prof. Rocio Blanco Gregory

Adjunct Professor, Department of Business Administration and Sociology, University of Extremadura, Caceres, Spain

Prof. Domenico Maddaloni

Associate Professor, Department of Political, Social, and Communication Sciences, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy

Prof. Grazia Moffa

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political, Social, and Communication Sciences, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy