Viaggi – A New Home in Italy

Notre Dame researchers study refugee resettlement in Italy

Rome has a knack for reinvention. It’s evident in the layers you find throughout the city, some more visible than others. They tell a story of a resilience wrought by experience. Sometimes those layers are literally stacked on top of each other, like those at an archaeological dig site somewhere in the city. Other times the layers exist side by side in a juxtaposition of old and new.

For example, take a taxi (or even better, hop on a Vespa) and drive the Via dei Fori Imperiali, “Road of the Imperial Forums.” This large six-lane highway extends only about a kilometer from the Altar of the Fatherland monument to the Colosseum. Its route runs through the ruins of the famous Roman Forum, where the business of ancient Roman civic life was carried out. Here throngs of hatchbacks, tour buses and those ever-present motor scooters race over and between sites of incredible significance not just in local history, but in the context of world civilization.

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Professor Ilaria Schnyder, Ford Family Assistant Research Professor, visits with a refugee family from Eritrea who are emigrating to Italy.

January 9, 2019

Global AffairsItalyIlaria SchnyderRomeGlobalND StoriesClemens SedmakInternationalKellogg Institute for International StudiesKeough School of Global AffairsNanovic Institute for European StudiesResearch