This article illustrates the development of Italian politics on emigration up to the end of the First World War (and even later), focusing on the operation and activity of the Commissariato generale dell’emigrazione (Commissioner-General of Emigration, 1901–27), a government agency that enjoyed considerable autonomy. The research is based on archival materials and the study of publications of the time, and proposes an unconventional view on the phenomenon of migration, as seen through the relationship between the evolution of the regulatory system and the political orientations of the ruling classes. Indeed, Italy progressively increased the freedom of expatriation, to the point of creating social legislation for the protection of emigrants, with the ambition of extending Italy’s influence over the countries of destination. This policy of migration interfered with foreign policy, and was at times influenced by the nationalism emerging in Italy at the time, even to the extent of provoking diplomatic disputes. For these reasons, the activity of the Commissariato generale dell’emigrazione created friction with the traditional consular network; these conflicts and the insufficient margin of autonomy given to the Commission in practice prevented the concrete completion of its more advanced projects.
Italian emigration policy during the Great Migration Age, 1888–1919 : the interaction of emigration and foreign policy / M. Soresina. - In: JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES. - ISSN 1354-571X. - 21:5(2016 Dec), pp. 723-746.
|Titolo:||Italian emigration policy during the Great Migration Age, 1888–1919 : the interaction of emigration and foreign policy|
|Parole Chiave:||Italian emigration; emigration policy; social legislation for emigrants; Italy – Commissioner-General of Emigration; Italian foreign policy|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-STO/04 - Storia Contemporanea|
|Data di pubblicazione:||dic-2016|
|Data ahead of print / Data di stampa:||19-ott-2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1354571X.2016.1242260|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|
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