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Silvia Pitzalis

General field of research

Sociological studies

Project by

Eduardo Barberis, Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo

  • Abstract
  • The project aims to investigate the work of local commissions and courts with respect to applications for international protection in Italy, in relation to the “inclusion” paths created by applicants, operators and institutions. The objective is not to conduct a legal analysis but a socio-anthropological one, by focusing on the functioning of the law, the institutions and the work done by the operators within the institutions.

    The project will then examine:

    – the ideas and procedures defined by the operators and forming the decision-making processes, with particular attention to the role of the different paths of inclusion (how does the way migrants are welcomed facilitate the success of their applications for protection?);

    – institutional discourse and representations of the migration phenomenon, which define an “ideal” model of pathway worthy of inclusion.

    The aim of the project is to investigate and empirically interpret the relationship between:

    1. forced migrations;
    2. operators involved in migration management, who (co-)define paths of inclusion;
    3. the decision-making apparatus in the field of asylum applications, which contributes to the concrete definition of the profiles worthy of protection, seen as historically, socially and culturally determined products.

    To achieve this goal, the researchers focused on assessing the social relationships between asylum seekers, immigration practitioners – including legal practitioners – legal experts, legal entities, institutional agents and citizens.

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