In order to reach genuine scientific results, the methodologies that will be employed in the researches will be discussed in three methodological Workshops that will be held each year in one of the partner Latin American countries.

The proposal will start with a kick off meeting in Lisbon that will be the launching of the project and the discussion of the whole program. This will also be a moment to present the project to a large public through a round table on governance of cultural diversity in Europe and Latin America, with the involvement of the High Commissionat for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI), the Casa da America Latina (cultural entity) and the local representation of the International Organization for Migrations (IOM).

On the basis of the theoretical background and the methodological approaches, the studies implemented -that will consider both European and Latin American cases of migrants and minorities- will focus the processes of redefinition of identity and the production of strategies to face the obstacles, accompanying the experience of the individual and collective subjects involved.

One interesting aspect of the research will be the understanding of the differences between migrants and minorities in the redefinition of identity and the elaboration of strategies for survival and enlargement of their rights. For example, claims for recognition and strategies for social inclusion may vary considerably between migrants and minorities. Migrants may see a danger in being stigmatized as being "different", whereas persons belonging to minority groups see a danger in not being recognized as being "different" from the majority. However, migrants can become new minorities, new minorities can become old minorities, and non-citizens can become citizens: needs, political expectations, constellations and self-perceptions are in a permanent state of change in respect to cultural diversity.

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