The Migrant’s Gaze. A survey on mobility factors carried out in the reception centres of Taranto


The migration phenomenon has significantly grown over the last years.

Migrants no longer consider Italy as a country of transit, but also as a final destination. Therefore, institutions and civil society organizations have explored new and unprecedented forms of collaboration.

This paper presents the results of a survey aiming to analyse in depth the reasons underlying the migration project as well as to identifyany forms of integration in the host country, starting from immigrant reception centres. The journey to Italy, as well as the related costs and risks have been considered from the migrant’s point of view.

Most of the people interviewed come from Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly from the Gambia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal.

To have a more complete and comprehensive survey, it was deemed useful to analyse the standpoints of the operators who are professionally called to respond to this emergency.

Author Biographies

Antonio Panico, LUMSA University
Department of Law
Marinella Sibilla, LUMSA University
Department of Law
Alfonso Zizza, Universy of Bari “Aldo Moro”
Dipartimento di Scienze economiche e metodi matematici


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