The research study, financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country, analysed the mechanisms that rule the relationships between natives and immigrants through a wide-ranging methodology and a comparative approach. The goal of the research project was to investigate the effects of the individual relationships, the local policies and the communication flows on the interethnic relationships focusing on neighbourhood level and comparing five different European cities: London (UK), Barcelona (Spain), Nüremberg (Germany), Turin (Italy) and Budapest (Hungary). The project was coordinated by FIERI and carried out in collaboration with EPC (European Policy Centre, Bruxelles), EFMS (European Forum for Migration Studies) of the University of Bamberg, GRM of the Autonoma University of Barcelona, COMPAS (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society) of the University of Oxford and TARKI of Budapest.
All the research materials are available on http://concordiadiscors.fieri.it/
In the context of the project, the documentary ‘FRONTIERA INTERNA’ by Rossella Schillaci, Italy, 2012, 20 minutes, has been produced:
A journey to discover Barriera di Milano, one of the neighborhoods with the highest immigration rates in Turin, through the eyes of its inhabitants. The documentary alternates between nighttime footage of the spontaneous patrol led by Angelo and other retirees who watch over the streets, and the activities of JB, a young African rapper, in the Public Baths of Via Agliè and within the neighborhood. JB uses his music to narrate the issues of Barriera, including drug trafficking and the intolerance he sees and experiences firsthand. Like a kind of mirror, the voices of the protagonists reflect on a series of considerations about who the ‘other’ is and the many stereotypes that hinder genuine understanding