Migrants and Refugees: Bottom-Up and DIY Spaces in Italy

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Migrants and Refugees: Bottom-Up and DIY Spaces in Italy


  • Marco Cremaschi Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée, Sciences Po, France
  • Flavia Albanese Department of Architecture and Arts, IUAV University of Venice, Italy
  • Maurizio Artero Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy


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Abstract:  The term ‘arrival city’ was notoriously introduced by Saunders (2010) to indicate all places which provide first access to the city. For Saunders, migrants from rural third world villages confront the same challenges in their home country or abroad. The informal neighbourhood in developing countries is thus advocated as a model for cities in western countries. Through an ethnographic approach, the article considers emerging practices of refugees and migrants in the centre of Milan and in a small town on the outskirts of Rome investigating a varied set of reception models. In conclusion, the article revises the model of the arrival neighbourhood while criticizing the underlying assumption of informal development. Instead, it insists on the need for understanding the specific requirements of arrival places for better regulation of the reception of migrants.

Keywords:  arrival neighbourhoods; cities; informality; migration; pubic space

Published:   28 July 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v5i3.2921


© Marco Cremaschi, Flavia Albanese, Maurizio Artero. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.