Driving Reflections about the Mediterranean Migrations


The present paper refers to the general theoretical framing upon migrations and Mediterranean. It is an example of multidisciplinary view, which intertwines philosophic aspects and sociological requirements in a clearly political context. It mainly calls the attention of the reader to migrations, a topic that has ruled the history of mankind and involved all populations across the world. The current status of the migration in the Mediterranean has its roots in the history of the relations - not only economical, but also cultural and social - among the people living on the shores of this «sea among lands». Today, the ideas cultivated in the past and the exchanges among civilizations can create a situation of conflict, like is often happening, but also a fruitful encounter, making consider migrations not as a burden, but as a resource. Today, the greatest political challenges concerns the humanitarian aspects of integration of migrant population, particularly in the Mediterranean region.

Author Biography

Emiliana Mangone, University of Salerno
Dipartimento di Scienze Umane, Filosofiche e della Formazione (DISUFF)


Barbieri, A.S.A. (2016). The Mediterranean Legacy for the Future of Europe. In M. Benguerna & E. Mangone (eds). Beyond the Borders: The Mediterranean between Cultures, Migrantions and Life-world (pp. 67-83). Fisciano : ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge.

Baumann, G. (1999). The Multiculturalism Riddle. Rethinking National, Ethnic, and Religious Identities. New York-London : Routledge.

Beck, U. & Grande, E. (2007). Cosmopolitan Europe. Cambridge : Polity Press.

Benguerna, M. & Mangone, E. (eds.) (2016). Beyond the Borders : The Mediterranean between Cultures, Migrantions and Life-world. Fisciano : ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge.

Bernard, J.-E., Hichet, N., Kocoglu, Y., Leiduan, A., & Lévêque, L. (eds.) (2016). Continuité et rupture des échanges en Méditerranée Histoire, religion, littérature, société. Toulon : Université de Toulon, U.F.R. Lettres-Laboratoire Babel.

Buruma, I. & Margalit, A. (2004). Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies. London : Atlantic Books.

Camus, A. (1956). L'Avenir de la Civilisation Européenne. Athènes : Union Culturelle Gréco-Française.

Cassano, F. & Zolo, D. (eds) (2007). L’alternativa mediterranea. Milan : Feltrinelli.

Donati, P. (2016). The Cultural Borders of Citizenship in a Multicultural Society. Journal of Mediterranean Knowledge, 1(1), 11-26.

Eder, K. & Giesen, B. (eds.) (2001). European Citizenship beteween National Legacies and Postnational Project. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

European Commission (2016), Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals. Strasburgo: European Commission.

Hadhri, M. & Mangone, E. (2016). Intercultural Complexity of the Southern Mediterranean: Arab-Mediterranean Perceptions and Outlooks. Journal of Mediterranean Knowledge, 1(2), 125-141.

Hannerz, U. (1996). Transnational Connections. Culture, People, Places. New York-London: Routledge.

La Barbera, M.C. (ed.) (2015). Identity and Migration in Europe: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Geneve: Springer.

Mangone, E. (2015a). Mediterranean Knowledge for the Future of Europe. Cava de’ Tirreni: Areablu Edizioni.

Mangone, E. (2015b). Noi e l’Altro: identità e riconoscimento. In E. Mangone & G. Masullo (eds), Altro da Sé. Ri-comporre le differenze (pp. 17-33). Milan: FrancoAngeli.

Mangone, E. & Pece, E. (2017). I media e la “traduzione†di eventi in moral panics: la comunicazione del terrore. Comunicazioni Sociali. Journal of Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies, 2, 344-356.

Matvejević, P. (1999). Mediterranean. A Cultural Landscape. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Morin, E. (2013). Alerte en Méditerranée. Conférence donnée le 16 décembre. Paris : Institut du Monde arabe. Retrieved 20 Febraury 2018, from https://c-pour-dire.com/tag/edgar-morin/

Resta, C. (2012). Geofilosofia del Mediterraneo. Messina : Misogea.

Ruel, A. (1991). L'invention de la Méditerranée. Vingtième Siècle, revue d'histoire, 32, 7-14.

Said, E.W. (1978). Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books.

Sappelli, J. (1995). Southern Europe since 1945. Tradition and Modernity in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey. New York: Routledge.

Savidan, P. (2009). Le multiculturalisme. Paris: PUF.

Sen, A. (2003, October 6). Democracy and Its Global Roots. Why Democratization is not the same as Westernization. The New Republic, pp. 28-35.

Taylor, C. (1992). Multiculturalism and “The Politics of Recognitionâ€. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

UNHCR (2018). Refugee situations/Mediterranean situation. Retrieved 20 February 2018, from http://data2.unhcr.org/en/situations/mediterranean

Young, R.J.C. (2001). Post-colonialism: a Historical Introduction. London : Blackwell.