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The ambiguous terrain of rights and controls: Italy's emergent immigration regime

Morris, L (2001) 'The ambiguous terrain of rights and controls: Italy's emergent immigration regime.' International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 25 (3). pp. 497-516. ISSN 0309-1317

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In a period marked by heightened interest in the domain of rights, this article focuses on the delivery of rights with respect to cross-national migrants and, in particular, on the position of non-EU migrants in Italy. Italy is chosen as a special case, having moved quickly and recently to establish a regime of both rights and controls with respect to migration, culminating in its 1998 legislation. The article considers the emerging picture of rights, alongside impediments to their realization, and a set of associated ambiguities related to delivery and implementation. The outcome is viewed as a pattern of stratified rights ? or ?civic stratification?? which operates along both formal and informal dimensions. Underpinning this picture is a hybrid system whose chief characteristics are: a bureaucratized framework of rights and controls; the permeation of this formal system with informal practices; and the continuing presence of irregular migrants. For them, reasonable chances of clandestine employment and last-resort provisions are the basis of a survival existence not rooted in formal rights, but subject to minimal formal control.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 14:14
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:22

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