Disaster risk awareness: The Turkish migrants living in northern Italy

Funda Atun Girgin*, Chiara Fonio

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In this study, we analysed the socio-demographic characteristics and disaster risk awareness of the Turkish migrants living in northern Italy. We initiated the study with an extensive face-to-face questionnaire with 544 individual respondents. With the help of the questionnaire, we gathered information on the socio-demographic structure of the Turkish community living in the area and the immigrants’ disaster experience, their level of disaster preparedness and disaster risk awareness, and their potential behaviour during an emergency. Additionally, we conducted focus group meetings in Milan, Lecco, Como and Varese with 49 migrants living in the region. In the focus group meetings, we discussed the migrants’ awareness of disasters and potential behaviour patterns during emergencies. We collected the informative booklets and past event reports prepared by civil protection centres and municipalities and used them in focus group meetings to collect participants’ opinions. The results show that the migrant communities’ disaster risk awareness is low, but their capacity to adapt to suddenly changing conditions is higher than presumed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10140
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2021


  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster risk awareness
  • Earthquake
  • Flood
  • Italy
  • Migrants
  • Turkey


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