The article starts from the acknowledgment that housing for migrants cannot be taken for granted but is rather the result of a complex process of social construction in which the social and geographical mobility path are interwoven with the social, and economic, stratification factors as well as the legal constraints distinguishing any national context. Housing is not (only) an economic fact. Talking about housing indeed requires a continuous referring to "other worlds". To the world of the family, for example. To Memory or to personal identity. To travels or to homeland. And, further, to the homeless condition. Talking about housing - then about "house" and "home" - of migrants, then, means crossing many different "provinces of meaning" getting in touch with the spheres of everyday life. Thus housing it is a source of personal identity, status and family security and it can contribute, in a more and more globalized world, in fostering a sense of place and belonging. In different housing patterns are recognizable cultural schemes and "lebenswelts" because the house can be a place of memory and nostalgia but also a creative and emotional space, simultaneously local and global, crossing time and space; and can be, at the same time, positive and negative. Through housing is possible to place a border, even porous and mobile, between the private, the public and the common sphere. The house, in other way said, is not (merely) an object whose properties are clearly defined but is the field of multiple tensions between different provisional meanings flowing through it. As for migrants, their transnational families on the one hand, and their real estate investments in the home countries highlight that "home" and "outside" are relative concepts. Not necessarily in opposition one to another. Addressing the issue of migrants housing involve therefore taking a perspective allowing the inclusion of the heterotopic aspects of housing within the field of observation and to focus the attention, as well, on the housing practices, on the transition phases from one place to another, from a state of homelessness to the house, or vice versa. Hence, assuming the idea that housing is to be considered as the outcome of a social construction process in which objective and subjective, emotional and material aspects resonate and sometimes get contradictory in a continuous process of meaning construction.
Keywords: Migrants; immigration; housing; housing policies.