Immigration is often represented by media and television in its most dramatic and painful moments. What we have tried to do in this book of photos, both old and recent, is to give back to immigration its more human face, building through the images and around the images "story systems" which help to tell the tale of this important social phenomenon. To recount visibly the story of immigration and the articulated and non linear processes of integration is not easy now, given that all the historical models have been called into question by the outbreak of fear caused by Islamic integralist tendencies. However, giving visibility to those less well-known, less clamorous aspects is exactly the positive challenge that the seven thematic sections, into which the book is divided, intends to launch, illustrating an ideal path which winds through time, of an Italy as a country of emigrants for more than a century to the new reality which is now facing our immigrants. Those theses which may be, or favourable or unfavourable, to migrations, at times do not take into sufficient account the situations which are pushing people into emigration, today even more strongly due to cultural and social erosion, tribal wars, sickness, problems which are entering into many areas of what we term the "global village" in the course of a process of development and expansion of markets which is of an intensity never before experienced. In the same way not enough consideration is given to the advantages that can derive from immigration in "post industrial" countries which are faced with a strong demographic fall. Besides, the migratory flows are a phenomenon which obey complex laws, which feed intense cycles that it is difficult to imagine being able to discipline. Italy, for geographical reasons which it is easy to understand, but also because of the speed of social change and perhaps also for a certain contradictory nature of the 'flow' management, has become one of the countries with a high level of immigration. This phenomenon is already written In the future of Italy, as in that of Europe, with all the problems of culture and identity that this will involve, but if Italians and Europeans can manage to view with impartiality this great social happening then political solutions can be found which will be adequate to the problems of integration and a civil living together.