‘New normal’ in MATILDE regions: Insights from Turin

All over the world, we are struggling to adapt to the ‘new normal’ brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a consortium with 25 project partners and 19 supporting partners in 10 European countries, we wanted to ask our stakeholders about the impact of this ‘new normal’ on the lives of

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3 Questions, 3 Answers: Complex Patterns of Migration in Rural Europe

Coordinated by Dr. Stefan Kordel and Tobias Weidinger, both from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the MATILDE consortium examined the processes of immigration in European rural and mountain areas. Dr. Stefan Kordel, one of the editors of the report ‘Classification of MATILDE Regions’ (Deliverable 2.1) answered our questions about history, dynamics and economic aspects

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Borders For Social Justice

Borders of ‘places’ should not be drawn from above but should be the endogenous result of a policy process inspired by partial cosmopolitanism. Fabrizio Barca* (Forum Disuguaglianze Diversità) Natural borders are made up of faults, ridges, rivers, seas, cliffs; In short, of the ruggedness of our land. Territorial borders and encroachments

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A new compulsion to locality*

Mobility, proximity and the role of rural and mountain areas after the Covid-19 crisis. Andrea Membretti** In 2002 the sociologist John Urry defined contemporary man as subject with two fundamental drives: the compulsion to mobility and the compulsion to proximity. Although communication technology allows many of us to avoid the majority

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First Light: Migration in the Swiss Alps

I believe that in time, if cultures can embrace their differences, be it language, color, traditions or spirituality, they will see that the other is a human being just like them, with the same hopes and desires about building a life and living in peace.  Lavonne Bosman* In 2016, I had

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