Funding Precarity: Non-profit Organization and Refugee Negotiation of Italian and European Asylum Policies

  • Michele Manocchi
Part of the Transnational Crime, Crime Control and Security book series (TCCCS)


This chapter condenses some of the results that were collected from a long ethnographic study conducted in Piedmont, Italy, between late 2007 and early 2011. The main objective was to analyse one of the most common misrepresentations about refugees; that is, they are offered preferential support and opportunities by the institutional reception system that a ‘normal’ economic migrant does not receive. The main results challenge this assumption and demonstrate that refugees face huge difficulties in achieving a level of social recognition that would make them hearable by the host country’s citizens and by the reception system more broadly, and that, in this context, the practices of resistance undertaken by refugees turn into dramatic situations in which refugees’ physical and mental integrity is jeopardized. The result is a system that does not support refugees in achieving autonomy and, actually, increases their vulnerability, trapping them at a lower level of the Italian social ladder.


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  • Michele Manocchi
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  1. 1.Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic RelationsWestern UniversityLondonCanada

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