Integration of migrants by Sport: an interdisciplinary approach through social sciences. The case of France

Unveiling the Role of Social Sciences in Migrant Integration through Sports in France

  • Date: 24 OCTOBER 2023  from 17:30 to 19:00

  • Event location: Institute of Advanced Studies - Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, Via Marsala, 26 - Bologna - In presence and online event

  • Type: Lectures

Sport is traditionally presented and used as a vector of integration and citizenship for foreign populations in all immigration countries. Leisure sports activities allow intercultural dialogue and offer opportunities for socialization. For this reason, in several European countries, sports associations and NGOs have initiated many sports programs open to migrants, the effects of which are often unknown to social science. The use of sport to integrate migrants raises many questions for social sciences. In France, football is the most studied sport in the journeys of migrants of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations: Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese, Algerians, Turks, Moroccans, Tunisians and Sub-Saharan Africans. Since the beginning of the 20th century, each great wave of immigration in France has given its contingent of footballers to the French (national) team. This example demonstrate that sport, under certain conditions, can integrate migrants into the national community.


ISA Visiting Fellow - William Gasparini

Université De Strasbourg, France

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