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Immigration to Italy and return policies: a provocation, a wishful thinking or an opportunity?

Gentileschi, Maria Luisa (2009) Immigration to Italy and return policies: a provocation, a wishful thinking or an opportunity? Documents d'Anàlisi Geogràfica (53). pp. 11-28. ISSN 0212-1573

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Abstract

In Italy, the return of immigrants to their country of origin is practically absent in the media and in the debate among the operators or the general public. In the countries of arrival, immigrant labour, at first, alleviates pressure on the local labour market with a beneficial effect, but in time might also cause competition with local labour, impede renovation of production and keep the situation stationary. On the other hand, in the countries of origin, several authors have underlined the damage of massive population emigration of the young and skilled workforce and explored ways to encourage emigrants to come back with the intention of taking part in the development process. The present paper invites discussion on the subject of returning migrants, a phenomenon which is now being addressed by ongoing legislation. The policies that will accompany the return and reinsertion of immigrants in their native societies should connect the phase of arrival to that of return, promoting a comprehensive project based on the possibility of returns, multiple family permits, rotation of permits among family members, and enterprise planning.

Item Type:Article
Date:2009
Institution:Universita' degli Studi di Cagliari
Divisions:Dipartimenti (fino a dicembre 2011) > Dipartimento di Ricerche economiche e sociali
Subjects:Area 11 - Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche > M-GGR/02 Geografia economico-politica
Uncontrolled Keywords:Italy, return policies, assisted returns, return actions, co-development
ID Code:414
Deposited On:19 Nov 2009 14:35

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