Geotema 43-44-45

Anna Maria Altavilla, Angelo Mazza, Leonardo Mercatanti

Two solitudes: Singalesi e Tamil tra Catania e Palermo

Abstract: Two solitudes: Sinhalese and Tamil Between Catania and Palermo

Immigrants from Sri Lanka in Sicily are the prevailing representatives of the Indian Subcontinent. Their migration took
place with the beginning of the ethnic confl ict which started in 1983. The two communities, Sinhalese and Tamils, decided to settle respectively in Catania and Palermo proposing the same distrust of the confl ict. So the “two solitudes” of the two major Sicilian cities are also the mirror of the lack of communication of the two ethnic groups of Sri Lanka.

Keywords: Immigration, Sicily, Sri Lanka, Tamil.

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