Ferruccio Pastore (FIERI)

Irene Ponzo (FIERI)


This Research Group has gone through two stages:

Stage I (2014-2015): From the Economic Crisis to an Integration Crisis? Assessing Trends and Exploring Theoretical Implications. A Southern European Perspective.

Stage II (2016-ongoing): Integration in Turbulent Contexts. Analysing the impact of exogenous factors on integration dynamics and intergroup relations.

The Research Group’s objectives have been evolving over time. In Stage I, our main empirical focus was on Southern Europe and our main objectives were:

a) to gather, assess and compare the existing quantitative and qualitative evidence on the integration impact of the current economic crisis in southern European countries;

b) to explore new conceptual approaches to the understanding of the seemingly ever more volatile and reversible nature of integration processes in contemporary European societies;

c) to promote scholarly dialogue and networking aimed at innovative project-development.

In Stage II, in the midst of the so-called ‘European refugee crisis’, we widened our empirical and theoretical scope by using the concept of ‘exogenous shock’, with a view to analyse and theorize how factors external to integration processes (not only economic crises but also, for instance, wars in the EU’s neighbourhood and repeated jihadist attacks on European cities) affect migrants’ inclusion and inter-group relations in European societies.


Joaquin Arango (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset)

Tiziana Caponio (University of Turin, Collegio Carlo Alberto and FIERI)

Alessio D’Angelo (Middlesex University)

Claudia Finotelli (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Fundación Ortega Marañón)

Maria Lucinda Fonseca (IGOT- Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, Universidade de Lisboa)

Birgit Glorius (Chemnitz University of Technology, Department of European Studies)

Sophie Hinger (University of Osnabrück, IMIS (Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies)

Eleonore Kofmann (Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University)

Albert Kraler (International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

Jorge Da Silva Macaista Malheiros (Centre for Geographical Studies and Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon)

George Mavrommatis (Department of Geography, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece)

Simon McMahon (Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University)

Ferruccio Pastore (FIERI - Forum of International and European Research on Immigration)

Irene Ponzo (FIERI - Forum of International and European Research on Immigration)

Andreas Pott (University of Osnabrück, IMIS (Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies)

Roberta Ricucci (University of Turin, dept. of Culture, Politics and Society and FIERI)

Sebastian Rinken (Institute for Advanced Social Sciences, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (IESA-CSIC), Córdoba, Spain)

Ester Salis (FIERI (Forum of International and European Research on Immigration)

Philipp Schäfer (University of Konstanz, Department of History and Sociology and University of Leipzig, Institute for the Study of Culture)

Marie Louise Seeberg (Research Professor at NOVA)

Nando Sigona (Birmingham Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of IRiS)

Robert Stojanov (Charles University in Prague)

Giovanna Zincone (FIERI - Forum of International and European Research on Immigration)

Agenda of activities:


  • Workshop at the 11th IMISCOE Conference in Madrid “From the economic crisis to an integration crisis? Assessing trends and exploring theoretical implications. A southern European perspective”


  • Panel at the 12th IMISCOE Conference in Geneva “Precarisation Cum Inclusion?. Panel 1: Analysing Migrant Integration in Southern European Contexts of Protracted Crisis”. Panel 2: Interactions between Integration and Policies”


  • Panel at the 13th IMISCOE Conference in Prague “The effects of the external shocks on integration. Panel 1: Analysing the impact of external factors on integration” and “The effects of the external shocks on integration. Panel 2: Integration in turbulent contexts: issues of definition and measurement”
  • Collaboration with the IMISCOE Research Group “Refugees in European Localities: Reception, Perceptions and Policies”
  • Development of synergies with other projects where some RG’s members are partners such as:
    • “MEDMIG. Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis” coordinated by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
    • Fondazione Einaudi (a research-oriented foundation based in Torino, Italy) and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) with which FIERI has co-organised a cross-disciplinary workshop (“Migrazioni in Europa. Instabilità e Innovazione – Migration in Europe. Instability and innovation”, Turin, October 6-7, 2016) which has been an opportunity to present some of the ideas discussed in the RG.


  • Special section in FIERI’s web site:
  • 14 working papers uploaded on IMISCOE web site on the occasion of the three panels organised in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • I. Ponzo, C. Finotelli, J. Malheiros, L. Fonseca, E. Salis, “Is the Economic Crisis Turning into a Migrant Integration Crisis?”, in Politiche Sociali/Social Policies, no. 1, 59-87.
  • Special Issue Proposal to the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (accepted in March 2015, delivered in November 2016), Finotelli, C. and I. Ponzo, eds., “Integration in times of crisis. Migrant inclusion in Southern European societies: trends and theoretical implications”.
  • Project proposal on Volkswagen Stiftung’s Call “Original – isn’t it?” New Options for the Humanities and Cultural Studies” (November 2017).