23 SES 07 C, Exploring Integration and Migration
The paper addresses the theme of the policies of inclusion of immigrant students in the Italian schooling system. Italy (but also the others countries of the so-called Southern European Welfare Model) – formerly a country of emigration – has only recently begun to experience non-European immigration and ‘integration’ has become a buzzword in political and educational debates. The paper critically revisits the concept of ‘integration’ which is widely used inside institutional political discourses (Sayad, 1999) and considers the different alternative responses to immigrants’ inclusion in EU schools (assimilation, segregation and intercultural model, see Gaine and Gewirtz 2008, Gaine, 2008) as sets of discourses/policies/practices (Ball, 2006). Hence, this leaves open a set of questions: (a) what kind of response to cultural diversity in terms of discourses/policies/practices emerges in the educational policies and practices? (b) Do these discourses/policies/practices exclude or complement one another in practice? (c) How do these complex sets of discourses and policies affect immigrant students’ chances to succeed? The paper intends to furnish some empirical answers to these questions through the comparative review of the alternative responses in terms of policies relating to increasing migration in the EU (Gaine, 2008) and the in-depth analysis of the immigrant students’ inclusion in Italian schooling (Ambrosini, Molina, 2004; Besozzi, Colombo, Santagati 2009; Demetrio, Favaro 2004; Queirolo Palmas, 2006; Tognetti Bordogna, 2007).
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