The EU and migration: lesson from history and present impact

Scientific manager: Francesca Fauri

Project typology: Jean Monnet Chair

Unibo structure involved:
Punto Europa – Europe Direct, Department of Economics

Unibo Team: Fabio Casini

Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date:  01/09/2016
End Date: 31/08/2019

Budget: 50.000 euro   

The activities foreseen in the three years include research, teaching and the organisation of several events  and outputs (website, book, short TV format seminars, DVD, articles) aimed at enhancing knowledge on EU economic and migration history (outgoing and incoming) in the academic context and among civil society.

Research will focus on the history of migration within the EU countries, but also on the history of immigration movements which shall include: the study of foreign micro/ethnic enterprises based in the EU, the role of remittances in history and the integration challenge, in order to help Europe build a more cohesive/inclusive/less discriminating society.

Prof. Fauri teaches 60 hours in Forlì and 60 hours in Bologna. As foreseen by the project proposal, the course in Forlì, upon approval by the Department of Economics and of Political Sciences (May 2017), has been divided in two starting in autumn 2017: 36 hours will be devoted to the process of European economic integration, while 24 hours will be offered as a new specialized module on “Migration to and from Europe: a long term view”. This new innovative module will represent the only  teaching on Migration offered at the University of Bologna, will be open to all students and will include the contribution of European legal experts, historians, demographists, economists and sociologists in order to offer a cross-disciplinary long term view on migration movements and their economic and social impact. 

Along with the use of new technologies particular attention will be given to the implementation of a new virtual tool aimed at being forecast on local and regional TV programs in order to reach as many citizens as possible. The “TV pills” on the EU will represent a new possibility to reach the general public of all ages and through a fresh approach win over the dissatisfaction, disillusion and sometimes open hostility towards the EU policies in general and migration issues in particular, often derived by partisan and wrong information by the media. 

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union