Space management in a border town: the case of Ventimiglia

It is Sunday evening and in via Tenda, in Ventimiglia, a police operation is taking place. The main goal of the operation is literally to chase black people away. It doesn’t matter their legal status: Italian, EU- and non-EU citizens, regular and irregular migrants, if they are black they are strongly “urged” to give up … Continue reading Space management in a border town: the case of Ventimiglia

The legal frameworks of migrants’ rejections from France, Switzerland, Austria

In bilateral agreements between two EU countries, “readmission” is the technical term used to define the procedure applied to those citizens (both EU and non-EU) who don’t meet the conditions to enter and stay in a country. Conversely, in those cases of temporary suspension of the Schengen agreement – as in the French case – … Continue reading The legal frameworks of migrants’ rejections from France, Switzerland, Austria

Secondary movements towards France, Switzerland and Austria

Italy has been the main country for the number of arrivals since the so-called “refugee crisis” began, approximately in 2014. The Central Mediterranean corridor is the most transited route due to the political instability in Libya. Between 2014 and April 2018, approximately 630.000 migrants landed on Italian coasts, most of them from Sub-Saharan countries. Although … Continue reading Secondary movements towards France, Switzerland and Austria

The route to Briançon

In the last year, the typical Alpine landscape in the touristic area between Bardonecchia, Claviere and Briançon has slightly changed. Alpine villages started to experience the consequences of the closure of the French-Italian border, in a context of increasing mobility of asylum seekers looking for better opportunities in France and other EU-countries. As mobility through … Continue reading The route to Briançon

Social and political conflicts at the Alpine borders

There are many reasons to think that the current "migratory crisis" is actually a political crisis concerning the governance of European Union, reshaping the core of EU agreements, treaties and policies on asylum and mobility. As the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, recently said, "Europe faces many challenges, but that of migration could become the … Continue reading Social and political conflicts at the Alpine borders