Receptive cities? Institutional narratives of migrants integration and everyday intercultural interactions in Brighton and Bologna

Caterina Mazzilli // Geography // Wednesday 1st March 2017 // 1-2pm // Arts C 133


In this lecture I will present the background and rationale of my PhD research, investigating the criteria according to which a city can be considered receptive and open towards migrants. To provide both narratives from above and from below, I have collected local authorities’ narratives of migrants integration and migrants’ direct experiences of integration. Even though the research is a cross-country comparison between Brighton and Bologna, in this lecture I will only focus on the Brighton side, elaborating about the responses of local authorities.


I am a third year PhD student in Migration Studies, working on cities’ receptiveness towards migrants in the UK and Italy. I have worked in asylum seekers reception for three years for an association of Bologna and I hold an MA in International Cooperation and Development from the University of Bologna.

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