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Stuck and Exploited

Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Italy between Exclusion, Discrimination and Struggles

Francesco Della Puppa    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Giuliana Sanò    Università degli Studi di Messina, Italia    



Refugees and asylum seekers in Italy are ‘stuck’ because they often end up caught in the legal and social limbo of the reception system. The effects of the pandemic and lockdown measures to avoid transmission have stacked on top of these conditions. This scenario, along with the Italian policy field increases the vulnerabilisation of refugees and asylum seekers for their labour exploitation, but also create a space for media struggle, where political forces and social entrepreneurs clash and manipulate the issue of “asylum seekers”. This introductory chapter analyses these aspects, introducing the thematic lines of the volume and presenting its contribution.

keywords: Refugees and asylum seekers. Italian Reception System. Forced (im)mobility. Exploitation. Social exclusion. Racial discrimination. Struggles.

Language: en

Submitted: Aug. 31, 2021   Accepted: Sept. 13, 2021   Published: Oct. 27, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-532-2/000

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