Title

The Italian Migration Crisis and its Effects on Ordinary Life in Italy

Subject Area

Special Topics

Abstract

The paper will look at the issue of immigration and its history in Italy up to today, and how that has affected people’s reactions to the current migration crisis. However, it will not simply be an academic analysis of the issue. Rather than just being built on undergraduate university coursework, it will be also based on my experience in an undergraduate study abroad program in Italy in Fall 2017 for three months. During this time I was able to experience, first hand, Italy and its immigrants. As I lived in Rome, visited other cities in Italy and Europe, interviewed Italians and immigrants and volunteered in a refugee center, I have been able to make observations regarding Italy and its immigrants. This paper will incorporate both my study and experience abroad in order to present a synthesis of what I have learned about immigration to Italy and immigration in a broader and global sense. Additionally, I will also discuss the films Fuocoamare and Terraferma as further background for how the people of Italy and the refugees are adjusting to the new way of life.

Brief Bio Note

Elizabeth Vukovics is an undergraduate student at Louisiana State University majoring in psychology with a minor in Italian, Political Science, and English. She spent the fall semester of her junior year studying abroad in Rome.

Keywords

study abroad, immigration, Italy, Lampedusa

Location

Room 217

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

4-5-2018 5:55 PM

Embargo

11-2-2017

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Apr 5th, 5:55 PM

The Italian Migration Crisis and its Effects on Ordinary Life in Italy

Room 217

The paper will look at the issue of immigration and its history in Italy up to today, and how that has affected people’s reactions to the current migration crisis. However, it will not simply be an academic analysis of the issue. Rather than just being built on undergraduate university coursework, it will be also based on my experience in an undergraduate study abroad program in Italy in Fall 2017 for three months. During this time I was able to experience, first hand, Italy and its immigrants. As I lived in Rome, visited other cities in Italy and Europe, interviewed Italians and immigrants and volunteered in a refugee center, I have been able to make observations regarding Italy and its immigrants. This paper will incorporate both my study and experience abroad in order to present a synthesis of what I have learned about immigration to Italy and immigration in a broader and global sense. Additionally, I will also discuss the films Fuocoamare and Terraferma as further background for how the people of Italy and the refugees are adjusting to the new way of life.