Journal article

Publication details

EUrope's uneven geographies of reception. Excess, differentiation, and struggles in the government of asylum seekers
in journal: Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (English)

Appears in this special issue:
Rethinking «Europe» through an ethnography of its borderlands, peripheries and margins

Volume number:
Issue number: 3
Release year: 2017
Page range: 363-392

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Lorenzo Vianelli

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Harmonisation, reception conditions, Relocation, secondary movements, Spatial Unevenness
The article takes EUrope's uneven geographies of reception as a privileged standpoint from which to explore the ways in which EUrope is currently produced through the management of asylum seekers, as well as constantly contested by asylum seekers' movements. Drawing from qualitative research in Italy and Sweden, the article calls into question the notion of a homogeneous EUrope that is promoted by EU asylum policies through the idea of a common area of protection in which asylum seekers are treated equally and fairly regardless of the place of reception. Such presumed homogeneity is radically challenged by an excess of contexts of reception, which is explored along spatial, institutional, and temporal lines, and by excessive movements, through which migrants attempt to take advantage of the unevenness characterising the EUropean space. The article argues that an emphasis on the excess of reception and on the excessive character of movements points to possible ways for rethinking Europe in terms in which unevenness is replaced by equal possibilities, living conditions, and welfare.