Journal Article

Refugees, Institutional Invisibility, and Self-Help Strategies: Evaluating Kurdish Experience in Rome

Raffaela Puggioni

in Journal of Refugee Studies

Volume 18, issue 3, pages 319-339
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 0951-6328
Published online September 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-6925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/refuge/fei034
Refugees, Institutional Invisibility, and Self-Help Strategies: Evaluating Kurdish Experience in Rome

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The article investigates the way in which asylum reception has been organized in Italy in response to Kurdish refugees. The analysis suggests that Italy, as compared to northern European countries, has failed to develop a public system of reception, which has been counterbalanced by the parallel development of a private one. The abandonment of the vast majority of asylum seekers to their own survival strategies should read as an institutional failure to develop adequate reception policies and serious protection plans. The ‘Kurdish crisis’ has exposed the importance of state intervention in providing reception, which could no longer be left to local NGOs, self-help strategies and migrants' networks. In particular, the article looks at the way in which Italy, during the 1990s, has organized refugee reception; the (non) reception system in the municipality of Rome; and finally some private survival strategies that Kurdish asylum seekers have resorted to once no public help was made available to them.

Journal Article.  10376 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Human Geography ; International Relations ; Aid and Relief Programmes ; Refugee Studies

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