Populations and Migrations (POPMIG)
The population and its dynamics represent a central factor in economic and social questions. The range of demographic structures and dynamics justify paying attention to these emerging problems, their causes and their consequences. The necessity to find an answer for the deriving issue of how to intervene and to govern future dynamics with a view to prevention requires the support of population studies. Furthermore, migration dynamics are becoming one of the key elements in the processes of evolution of Western societies. And this is happening at the supranational as well as national, regional and local levels. Lastly, phenomena such as population ageing have a great impact on society. Hence, these aspects of the demographic structure are of significant interest for researchers and political decision-makers. This line of research aims to link these various aspects in order to build a single and overreaching interpretative framework and highlight the common elements. The project outlines set out the topics of interest, covering all areas of demographics and migration. With regard to demographics, emphasis is given to the study of population dynamics at various territorial levels, owing to their consequences on regional management and local policies. Instead, with regard to migration, the following topics are investigated: migration dynamics at international level; migration policies; the various aspects of foreign immigration in Italy; Italian emigration; domestic mobility; and urbanization trends. The migration and population processes are subject to typical demographic and sociological scientific analysis.
Participants: Maria G. Caruso, Massimiliano Crisci, Stefano degli Uberti, Giuseppe Gesano, Frank Heins, Angela Paparusso, Salvatore Strozza, Mattia Vitiello.
Key words: population, demographic forecasts, migrations, volunteer work, European migration policies.