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Chinese Migration to Europe

Prato, Italy, and Beyond

  • Loretta Baldassar
  • Graeme Johanson
  • Narelle McAuliffe
  • Massimo Bressan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Chinese Migration to the New Europe: The Case of Prato

    1. Loretta Baldassar, Graeme Johanson, Narelle McAuliffe, Massimo Bressan
      Pages 1-25
  3. Chinese in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Disjunctures and Continuities

  4. Chinese in Prato: Integration and Inclusion

  5. Chinese in Prato: Local, National and Transnational Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Graeme Johanson, Anja Michaela Fladrich
      Pages 177-194
    3. Marika Vicziany, Anja Michaela Fladrich, A. Andrea Di Castro
      Pages 215-231
    4. Xander Ong, Susan Freeman, Brian K. Cooper
      Pages 233-249
  6. Chinese in Italy: Socio-Economic and Cultural Belonging

About this book


Through an analysis of Chinese migration to Europe, this volume examines the most pressing migration and integration issues facing many societies today, from the political and policy-based challenges of managing increasingly diverse communities, to individual lived experiences of identity and belonging. In addition to chapters on the UK, France and Italy, the book spotlights one of the most extraordinary examples of Chinese migration to Europe: that provided by the city of Prato, just 20km from Florence in Tuscany, Italy. Renowned for its historic textile industry, Prato is now home to one of the largest populations of Chinese residents in Europe, a phenomenon that is remarkable not only for its magnitude but also for the speed with which it has developed. This edited collection, which brings together twenty-seven separate contributors, deepens our understanding of the case of Prato within the context of Chinese migration to the new Europe.


Chinese migration Chinese migrants second generation migrants Italian immigration Prato integration European immigration belonging children Generation immigration Integration migration mobility Nation religion Transnational

Editors and affiliations

  • Loretta Baldassar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Graeme Johanson
    • 2
  • Narelle McAuliffe
    • 3
  • Massimo Bressan
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.Monash University Prato CentreItaly
  4. 4.Istituto di Ricerche e Interventi SocialiItaly

About the editors

Fabio Berti, University of Siena, Italy Melissa Blanchard, Institut d'ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative (Idemec), CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université, France Fabio Bracci, Istituto Ricerche Interventi Sociali (IRIS), Italy Daniele Brigadoi Cologna, Insubria University, Italy Eleonora Castagnone, International and European Forum of Research on Migration (FIERI), Italy Brian K. Cooper, Monash University, Australia. Laura De Pretto, University of Nottingham in Malaysia, Malaysia Gabi Dei Ottati, University of Florence, Italy A. Andrea Di Castro, Monash University, University Anja Michaela Fladrich, Holmes Institute, Australia Susan Freeman, University of Adelaide, Australia Kevin Latham, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom Silvia Lombardi, Italian National Statistical Institute (Istat), Italy Franco Lorenzini, Italian National Statistical Institute (Istat), Italy Emmanuel Ma Mung, University of Poitiers, France Anna Marsden, Chamber of Commerce of Prato, Italy, and University of East London, United Kingdom Maria Omodeo, Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (Cospe), Italy Xander Ong, Monash University, Australia Roberta Raffaetà, University of Trento, Italy Miri Song, University of Kent, United Kingdom Andrea Valzania, Istituto di Ricerche e Interventi Sociali (IRIS), Italy Flavio Verrecchia, Italian National Statistical Institute (Istat), Italy Marika Vicziany, Monash University, Australia

Bibliographic information


“This book is a highly welcomed contribution to the burgeoning field of scholarship on Chinese migration to Europe that commenced in 1998 with the anthology The Chinese in Europe … . this collection of both well-researched and preliminary studies is an interesting read. … readers involved in migration studies, China studies, business studies and related fields will find this anthology worthwhile to consult.” (Mette Thunø, Anthropological Forum, Vol. 27 (3), July, 2017)