In order to facilitate the knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity, one of the basic components of the project is a research on the experience of integration and living in Bucharest of the eight minorities selected in our approach: French, British, Turks, Lebanese, Italians, Moldovians, Chinese, Indians. The study is carried out between May and October 2015 and is coordinated by a the team of researchers formed by Bogdan Iancu, Vintilă Mihăilescu and Monica Stroe, university professors within the National School for Political and Administrative Studies (S.N.S.P.A), and with the support of Mr. Christian Sørhaug, anthropologist at Telemark Institute, partner of the project. The research is carried out in collaboration with the students at the Master’s of Anthropology and the Master’s of Visual Studies and Society of the National School for Political and Administrative Studies, as research assistants.

The methodology combines anthropologic research techniques and methods (interviews, direct and participant observation) with innovative methods, such as ethnography and online observation, autoethnography.

The data collected will be reunited in 8 community sheets, one for each studied minority. It will present factual data, analyses and ethnographic data which outline recent social dynamics of the minorities in Bucharest, the picture of the migrants experience with the city, forms of community aggregation and their role, professional and housing strategies of the migrants and the integration “layers”. An important quality of this instrument is that it sets a dialogue and a dynamics of the collected data.

During the study, we will inform you step by step on the progress of our approach through news and stories, and the results will be gathered in a report that will be launched in October 2015.