How is the reception, the welcoming and integration of migrants organized in the Alps and in Italy? What are the characteristics of a successful welcoming culture? How can well-functioning integration foster social innovation – and the other way around? Regional development experts of Eurac Research and researchers of the Dislivelli association from Turin tackled these and other questions at a seminar in Bolzano on 23 and 24 November 2017. With local actors, volunteers and social workers from the Alpine Space they discussed how mountain areas can profit from the presence of migrants. They dedicated a session also to their newly published book „Per scelta o per forza. L’immigrazione straniera nelle Alpi e negli Appennini” (“By choice or by force. Immigration in the Alps and the Appennines”).

The book is available from Aracne publisher, ISBN: 978-88-255-0494-1