This article analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginal migrant populations, and the Italian response to cope with the crisis. The first section uses different sources of data to highlight social, political, and economic processes, already present in the pre-emergency stage, that contributed to the exposure of migrants to higher levels of vulnerability. The second part analyzes the impact of the crisis and its management in the response stage, focusing in particular on the perspective of front line professionals and migrants advocates. The discussion shows how some attempts have been made to unveil processes that preserve mainstream ideologies, benefiting those who are interested in the maintenance of migratory inflows of migrants with no rights, and some improvements have been achieved. Nevertheless, even if the COVID-19 crisis has created the possibility to make structural problems more visible, and indicated the direction to “build back better,” the cultural and structural variables that create a condition of hyperprecarity for more marginalized migrants seem to be unchanged.

Sanfelici, M. (2021). The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Marginal Migrant Populations in Italy. AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST, 65(10), 1323-1341 [10.1177/00027642211000413].

The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Marginal Migrant Populations in Italy

Sanfelici M
2021

Abstract

This article analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginal migrant populations, and the Italian response to cope with the crisis. The first section uses different sources of data to highlight social, political, and economic processes, already present in the pre-emergency stage, that contributed to the exposure of migrants to higher levels of vulnerability. The second part analyzes the impact of the crisis and its management in the response stage, focusing in particular on the perspective of front line professionals and migrants advocates. The discussion shows how some attempts have been made to unveil processes that preserve mainstream ideologies, benefiting those who are interested in the maintenance of migratory inflows of migrants with no rights, and some improvements have been achieved. Nevertheless, even if the COVID-19 crisis has created the possibility to make structural problems more visible, and indicated the direction to “build back better,” the cultural and structural variables that create a condition of hyperprecarity for more marginalized migrants seem to be unchanged.
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COVID-19; disaster management; precarious migrants; social work with migrants; structural vulnerability;
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Sanfelici, M. (2021). The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Marginal Migrant Populations in Italy. AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST, 65(10), 1323-1341 [10.1177/00027642211000413].
Sanfelici, M
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