European Commission - 7th Framework Programme European Museums and Libraries in/of the age of migrations last updated: February 2015

The Association of European Migration Institutions Annual Meeting and Conference

27-29 September 2012

Kraków, PolandDom Polonii and Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora




1. How lessons from the past may help address questions related to migrations today.
Issues like integration, assimilation, segregation, multiculturalism, cultural pluralism, xenophobia and problems of the third generation immigrants were already discussed during time of the great migration by historians like Louis Adamic and Marcus Lee Hansen.

(- Adamic characterized pluralism not only by openness toward diverse groups but also by an understanding that full cultural citizenship depends upon vital connections: to an inclusive debate about policies affecting all peoples, to a dynamic, multiethnic American history, to labor movements and organizations, to local school systems.

- Lee Hansen ́s problem of the third generation applies to the theory that derives from the almost universal phenomenon that what the son wishes to forget the grandson wishes to remember.)

Many scholars believe that Adamic's works on cultural diversity in a multi-ethnic society are still important for the development of strategies in the area of cultural pluralism not only in the United States but also in Europe today.

What can the integration of European immigrants in the New World teach us about the migration challenge in Europe today?

2. Shaping Europe's identity: Internal migrations - past and present.

Internal migrations involved about half or more of the total European populations by the middle of the 1800s, and transborder migrations was particularly high for Poles and Italians. The rebuilding of Europe after World War II, the creation, and later enlargements of EU, the Balkan wars, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the present global financial crisis, have in various ways established new forms of mobilities.

How have these changing migration patterns shaped Europe ́s identity?




1. A book on Europe's migratory history

2. European Migration Heritage Routes.

3. Migrapedia



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