Young people and the “second generation”: other perspectives on migration: a meeting promoted by CRID as part of the Migration Festival on 25 November

Young people and the “second generation”: other perspectives on migration: a meeting promoted by CRID as part of the Migration Festival on 25 November


The meeting promoted by the CRID – Unimore Migrant Observatory in collaboration with the Laboratory on Discrimination and Vulnerability is dedicated to “second generation” boys and girls, and will be held at the Law Department as part of the VII edition of the Festival of migration.

On the occasion of the VII edition Migration Festival And of the European Year of Young Peoplewill be held Friday 25 November 2022 (starting from 10:00), at the Department of Law of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Room Q), the round table”Young people and the “second generation”: other perspectives on migration”
in which the first results will be presented FAR Fomo project – “Second generations: an interdisciplinary approach between forms of discrimination and practices of inclusion”.

The meeting promoted by the Migrant Observatory of CRID – Interdepartmental Research Center on discrimination and vulnerability directed by Prof. Gianfrancesco Zanetti at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and is part of Cycle of dialogues organized by CRID laboratory on Discrimination and vulnerability connected to course of theory and practice of human rights held by Prof. Thomas Casadei.

L’CRID Migrant Observatory – coordinated by Prof. Gianfrancesco Zanetti and by Prof. Thomas Casadeiwhich are also members of the Scientific Committee of the Festival – for years now he has been working and conducting surveys of a territorial nature through qualitative and quantitative analyzes on the themes of inclusion and hospitality, in very close connection with the activities which within the Festival are a reason for dialogue and comparison.

The initiative is prefigured as a moment of training and discussion for male and female students, male and female researchers, as well as for the worlds of associations and the third sector and for citizens all on the theme of so-called “second generation” young people.

In recent months, the CRID-Unimore Migrant Observatory has focused its activities on young girls and boys with background migration, with in-depth meetings, interviews, data collection, surveys of the relevant legislation, round tables (most recently, the one held on the occasion of the European Research Night on 30 September 2022 “Dialogue on young people and migration: the Windsor Park experience in Modena and the new digital worlds” promoted in collaboration with the “Windsor Park Workshop”).

The session of the Festival on Friday 25 November (10.00 am) will be dedicated to these themes,’Young people and the “second generation”: other perspectives on migration
who will see the interventions of DrBasma Aissa, Educator, Dr.Gianluca De Angelisand of DrFajola Kodra of the Economic-Social Research Institute – IRES Emilia-Romagna and, finally, of Dr.Leonardo Pieriniand of DrBlessed Rossi,Migrant Observatory – CRID Unimore.

The work will be chaired and coordinated by Prof.Gianfrancesco Zanetti(Director CRID Unimore) while the introduction will be entrusted to Prof.Thomas Casadei(Scientific director of the FAR Project).

The so-called “second generations” question the law on existential, social and also juridical-institutional issues.

In Italy, to date, they reside more than a million boys and girls, boys and girls, without citizenship. The first theme to reflect on, therefore, is that of the inclusion processes that concern them: it is necessary to analyze the causes that sometimes lead them to marginalization and the role that schools and the educating community play in the configuration of inclusion paths.

The question of the connection between cultural belonging And citizenship. In fact, the “second generations” are considered to be young people born in Italy who generally share the language, schooling and socialization with their Italian peers, questioning the exclusively dynastic criterion of transmission of citizenship that characterizes the current national legislation.

Even theModena area invested significantly by these transformations and challenges.

The FAR Mission Oriented project “The “second generations”: an interdisciplinary approach between forms of discrimination and practices of inclusion”which sees as Scientific Responsible Prof. Thomas Casadeithrough a methodology that combines the historical and sociological perspective with the anthropological and juridical one, aims to examine the conditions of young people with background migratory system currently present in the Modena area by analyzing its characteristics, itineraries and training paths, in order to contribute to producing anew discourse on citizenshipthat gives voice to the legitimate aspirations of second generations, allowing them to actively participate in public, social and political debate.

“We are very pleased to be able to present also in this new edition of the Migration Festival, now in its seventh edition”, says Prof.Gianfrancesco Zanetti“the researches that we carry out as CRID, in particular with the Migrant Observatory which started right from the activities of the Festival”.

“The initiative – continues Zanetti – intends to promote the sharing of knowledge between experts and operators, in an important occasion for public discussion. The aim is to strengthen the inclusion processes of young people with background migration, constantly collaborating with the territorial institutions and with the associations that organize activities in the Modena area that give answers to those who must in all respects be considered as our fellow citizens”.

“In recent years we have established very profitable relationships with associations such as Porta Aperta, Avvocato di Strada, Arci and Caritas” adds Prof.Thomas Casadei, Scientific Responsible of the FAR Project. “This dialogue is of great value to us because it allows us to examine the dynamics that concretely characterize the life of individuals in society, with particular regard to the Modena context but as demonstrated by the participation in this event also by IRES Emilia-Romagna also in the regional territory ”.

The initiative will take place in a “mixed” mode, with various speakers in attendance and some others remotely, and at the same time will be broadcast in streamas well as all the events of the Festival, in which guests from all over Italy are involved.

Scientific and organizational coordination: Dr Blessed Rossi

For information: Dr Silvia Bartoli segreteria.crid@unimore.it


Profiles of speakers and speakers


Basma Aissa born in Morocco, lives in Castelfranco Emilia.

Graduating in the master’s degree course of Pedagogical Sciences at the Univ. from Modena and Reggio Emilia, you have been dealing with disability and inclusion for some time.

Activist and educator, in 2019 she was elected councilor in the municipal council of Castelfranco Emilia.

engaged in the associative world and, in particular, collaborates with the “Women in the World” Association with which it carries out various projects dedicated to the promotion of active citizenship, toempowerment women, to the fight against inequalities and discrimination.


Fajola Kodra born in Albania in 1995, she arrived in Italy in 1996, where she attended school in Campania and Emilia-Romagna.

In 2021 he graduated in Economics and Public Policies at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and in the same year he started working at IRES Emilia-Romagna, where he deals with qualitative and quantitative research, documentation and data processing.

Since 2020 Councilor of the Municipality of Vignola, first “second generation” Councilor to sit on the benches of the City Council. You have long been dealing with issues related to social equality, feminism and environmental protection.


Gianluca De Angelis social researcher. He works for IRES Emilia-Romagna. He holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Bologna, where he carried out research and teaching until 2020.

He deals with the labor market and organization, with particular reference to precarious forms of employment, poor work and the health conditions of male and female workers on a local, national and international scale.

Among his latest publications, he recallsCare and Social Work: A Round Trip aboard Inquiryin “Trade Union Review Papers” 1/2022.


Leonardo Pierini
after graduating in Philosophy of Law at the University of Florence, he obtained a PhD in “Constitutional Justice and Fundamental Rights” at the University of Pisa.

Currently research fellow at the Department of Law of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he collaborates in the activities of the CRID – Interdepartmental Research Center on Discrimination and Vulnerability and, in particular, of the Migrant Observatory.

Among his recent publications: Legal pluralism and colonial reality. The role of Judicial Committee of the Privy Council within the framework of British imperialism (Mucchi, 2022).


Blessed Rossi she graduated with honors in Law from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, with a thesis on Theory and Practice of Human Rights (Prof. Thomas Casadei) entitled “Welcome paths and protection of the rights of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors: the ” case” of the WelcHome Project”.

Currently PhD candidate in Legal Sciences at the Department of Law of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (tutor Prof. Gianfrancesco Zanetti) and scientific-organizational coordinator of CRID – Interdepartmental Research Center on Discrimination and Vulnerability.

He is a member of the editorial board of “Eunomia. Journal of Studies on Peace and Human Rights“.

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Young people and the “second generation”: other perspectives on migration: a meeting promoted by CRID as part of the Migration Festival on 25 November