The migration policy, securitization and governance of asylum landscape has greatly changed in Italy over the past five years. The implementation of the hotspot approach and the EU relocation programme have characterized two of these significant changes. This paper examines how recent (2016-2017) Eritrean arrivals in Italy experienced and respond to the asylum system. The analysis reflects, first, on the multilevel governance of the interplay between the institutional level of the EU, national policy, and local municipal policies within Italy. Second, this paper shows how Eritrean asylum seekers have been refused access to the relocation programme by local authorities in Italy and how Eritreans react to this bureaucracy by engaging in secondary movements within Italy. The results provide an analytical critique regarding the governance shortcomings of the relocation programme in Italy that is important for consideration in future solidarity and responsibility sharing initiatives within the EU.
About the speaker
Dr. Katie Kuschminder is an Assistant Professor at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT. She has recently completed a NWO Rubicon scholarship as a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute. Her project at the EUI is a comparative analysis of Eritrean and Nigerian migrants decision making factors in Italy.
Katie has been working in research for the past ten years and has worked on or managed migration projects for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Irregular Migration Research Group, German Development Cooperation, IOM, and UNHCR. In previous years, Katie has taught in the MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, the Migration Management Diploma Programme, Migration Studies at the University College Maastricht, and in the Evidence Based Policy Research Programme. Katie's main research interests are in the areas of migration and development, return and reintegration, and irregular and transit migration.
Date: 10 October 2018
Time: 12:00 - 13:00