Much has been written about Italian migration to Australia in the 1950s and 1960s but little is known about the new, young, skilled and educated Italian migrants of today. A new study, Australia’s New Wave of Italian Migration: Paradise or Illusion? (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2017), edited by Bruno Mascitelli & Riccardo Armillei, will be launched by Joe Lo Bianco (University of Melbourne) at CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton on Thursday 5 Oct 2017 at 6.30pm (free event: RSVP here). The book tackles many aspects of Italian migration, short-term and long-term, to Australia over the past twenty years, enabling us – thanks to the wide range of expertise among the contributors – to deepen our understanding of the scope and meaning of its multiple facets.
Bruno Mascitelli is Associate Professor and holder of a Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies at Swinburne University. Prior to joining academia, he worked for the Australian government in Milan (Italy) for almost 18 years. Since joining Swinburne University, he has worked in teaching European Studies as well as researching in areas such as migration, European Studies as well as Italian expatriate voting. He is President of the European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA).
Riccardo Armillei undertook his PhD at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research where he examined the social exclusion of Romanies in Italy. His research interests include Romani/’Gypsy’ studies, citizenship and national identity, forced migrations, social justice, cross-cultural theories and practices. After a post-doc for the UNESCO Chair team at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), he has been conducting research on ‘new Italian migrants’ (2004-2016) to Australia, seeking to examine their life experiences, individual needs and problems