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“Time Bandits”: Time as a Factor of the “Criminalisation of Legality” of Asylum Seekers. An Example from Trieste, Italy

  • Davide Pittioni
  • Tomaž Gregorc
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Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 81)

Abstract

The recent migratory flow imposes a reflection surrounding the practices of subjectivation of immigrants inside the “welcoming/accommodation machine”. The extreme bureaucratisation, in the Italian case governed by the police and state apparatuses, unambiguously brings to light the extension of the administrative-technocratic dispositive that supports the actual practices of identification of subjects in late neoliberal societies from borders to the core of everyday life: cities. Even once through the border, asylum seekers condition is usually related to an absolute absence of documents—in French terms sans papiers—and is exactly the system of welcoming or accommodation that assumes the responsibility to fill this bureaucratic void in the life of immigrants. In addition to the sans papiers phenomenon, we witness another process of criminalisation: what we decided to address as “criminalisation of legality”. With this concept we describe a specific condition when an asylum seeker is de jure legalised—having applied and been recognised by the state apparatus as an asylum seeker—but de facto there are elements of discontinuity in this process marked by renewals of his permit of stay.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Pittioni
    • 1
  • Tomaž Gregorc
    • 1
  1. 1.TriesteItaly

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