Intergovernmental relations on immigrant integration in Italy : insights from Piedmont and South Tyrol
Regional & federal studies, 2019, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 635-654
CAPONIO, Tiziana, TESTORE, Gaia, WISTHALER, Verena, Intergovernmental relations on immigrant integration in Italy : insights from Piedmont and South Tyrol, Regional & federal studies, 2019, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 635-654 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/65953
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The article analyses the main features of intergovernmental relations (IGR) on immigrant integration in Italy considering reception policies for asylum seekers and economic or family migrants. We study them in a region with an ordinary statute, Piedmont, and in an autonomous province, South Tyrol. First, we find increasing frequency and institutionalization of IGR. Second, we observe the prevalence of multilateral interaction in ordinary regions, and bilateral interaction in autonomous regions. IGRs related to asylum seekers appear to be more conflictive than those related to economic and family migrants. This is particularly the case in the ordinary region studied here. Hypotheses related to the constitutional structure and the distribution of competency between the central state and regions, have limited explanatory power, whereas party (in)congruence, European integration, and salience of identity claims raised by regionalist parties are stronger. Issue salience emerges as an additional explanation to account for the increasing frequency of IGRs, their institutionalization, and conflictive nature.
First published online: 31 May 2018
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/65953
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/13597566.2018.1478292
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