Migrants’ Political Participation in Exclusionary Contexts: by Katia Pilati (auth.)

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Before moving to the empirical analysis about the individual level factors and particularly organizational affiliations that turn out to be significant for migrants’ political engagement in the closed political context of Milan, I provide a broad picture of civic and political engagement by Filipinos, Egyptians and Ecuadorians in Milan. Given that I devote particular attention to the impact of civic engagement on political engagement, I first describe patterns of migrants’ engagement in voluntary organizations in Milan.

G. in the case of warehouses, industrial sheds and the like), and by problems of public order because of the crowds, etc” (Ambrosini 2013: 145; see also Grillo and Pratt 2002). Consequences of such exclusionary context on migrants’ integration in Milan are transparent. Most migrants living in Italy occupy marginal socioeconomic positions, especially in the labor market. Migrants systematically occupy the secondary sectors of the labor market structure and tend to have low-paid and low-status jobs.

However, this initiative also lasted for a few years only (Caponio 2007: 47). 0005  Migrants’ Political Participation in Exclusionary Contexts for Immigration set up by the Province of Milan in 2000 was also related more to security and public-order issues than to political representation (Dota & Caponio 2001: 319; ASGI-FIERI 2005: 64). As a consequence, immigration policies in Milan have been mainly led by Catholic organizations, given that local government action has primarily focused over the past decades either on emergency plans or on interventions against migrant criminality (Caponio 2004).

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