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Tuesday 8 November 2016
 
2016 IMMIGRATION STATISTICS DOSSIER


The 2016 Immigration Statistics Dossier, realized by the Study and Research Centre IDOS, was presented in Rome on 27 October.

Researchers and experts of migration from all over Italy have contributed to the report, with the aim of proposing an instrument of dissemination and analysis of key statistical data on the migration phenomenon in Italy and Europe. Thus encouraging an appropriate level of awareness of migration by public opinion, still exposed to the risk of complete exclusion.

The initial section is dedicated to the international and European dimension of the phenomenon: migrants in the world have increased further, rising to 244 million, which have moved voluntarily (mostly for work and family) or not. Although the attention to the integration of economic migrants remains paramount, ample space is reserved for the consistent arrival of forced migrants, who in 2015 were 65.3 million between asylum seekers and refugees, a never previously reached peak.

The chapter on Italian emigration confirms the global nature of the phenomenon: they are 5 million foreign residents in the country and an equal number Italians living abroad. The one and the other could be an opportunity for Italy, not always adequately considered. In fact a more balanced narrative shows that immigration gives a contribution to cooperation and co-development worldwide and, at the national level, to the demographic, economic and occupational needs. According to the International Monetary Fund, the reception of refugees and immigrants under certain conditions that include the integration and participation in the host society, can contribute to economic recovery, but for this it needs a more open strategy of inclusion and non-discrimination. We must overcome the invasion syndrome that instils unfounded fears of their dangers, mystifying the phenomenon. The present scenario is a challenge that requires a lot of preparation and to overcome partial and prejudicial visions: to a large extent these unconventional data help to expand and fix the gaze on the society we live in. “Migration is the oldest action against poverty. It selects those who most want help. It is good for the country to which they go; it helps break the equilibrium of poverty in the country from which they come. What is the perversity in the human soul that causes people to resist so obvious a good?” – J.K. Galbraith (1908-2006).

Sources: Solidarietà e Cooperazione CIPSI, www.dossierimmigrazione.it

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