Arab Springs Making Space: Territoriality and Moral Geographies for Asylum Seekers in Italy

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2013. Arab Springs Making Space: Territoriality and Moral Geographies for Asylum Seekers in Italy. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(6), pp. 1004-1021. ISSN 0263-7758 [Article]

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This paper engages the instabilities of the category of ‘asylum’ looking at Arab Uprisings' mobility to Italy and highlighting the contested encounter between governmental practices in managing asylum seekers and the embodied experiences of mobility from Libya and Tunisia to Italy in 2011–12. Focusing on asylum application processing, our analysis tackles its sorting rationalities (asylum seekers versus irregular migrants, country of birth versus country of refuge), its produced spatialities (processing centers and ‘humanitarian emergency zones’), and its moral predicaments (how vulnerability and protection are put to work). Our aim is to contribute to a political epistemology of asylum whereby asylum's normative instabilities are mobilized to trouble its exclusionary boundaries and the profiling of the refugee as the alter ego figure of the citizen. The paper revolves around four episodes: it opens attending to an epistemological challenge; it stages a critical engagement with the Italian ‘North Africa Emergency’ in the second and third section; finally, it puts this analysis to work on the terrain of a political struggle to demand a right to presence for Libyan war evacuees.

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Arab Springs, Arab Uprisings, Tunisian Revolution, Libyan civil war, Schengen, Italian migration policy, European Union, Mediterranean, refugees, asylum seekers, international protection, citizenship, humanitarian regime, humanitarian protection, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), refugee camp, migration management, securitization, governmentality, “state of emergency”

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1 December 2013Published
1 January 2013Published Online
15 March 2012Accepted

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