Although studies on migrants' urban inclusion mainly focus on large cities, in Italy also small size cities are
experiencing growing international immigration. Here, migrants' new demands for the city and the rapid
transition from a taken for granted cultural uniformity to an unexpected multiplication of differences call
for a deeper analysis of what this means in terms government capacity and social cohesion, even the more so in
times of crisis.
Based on the preliminary outcomes of the Research Project "Small-size cities and social cohesion: policies and
practices for the social and spatial inclusion of international migrants", this article aims to contribute to the
debate on the specific challenges immigration poses to these urban contexts.