Discorso geografico e mobilita' informale dei migranti: appunti 'dal campo'

Translated title of the contribution: Geographical discourse and informal mobility of migrants: notes 'from the field'

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This article directly addresses the theme of this special issue by engaging with three main questions. First, it reflects on the question: 'where geography is going', as suggested by the title itself, and on how the discursive formation that we call 'geography' has conceptualised the most recent developments in the field of transnational migrations. Second, it discusses the informal geographies produced by the refugees along the so called western Balkan Route and in the Rohingya's mega camp in Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh, by suggesting that adopting 'the camp' as analytics to study such articulated geographies of mobility could be extremely useful. Third, the article highlights the emergence of a hypothetical 'Italian observatory' on that current transnational migrations, an observatory which is contributing in important ways to the dialogue between geography and the fields of Camp Studies and Refugee Studies. The article concludes by arguing that the study of the migrants' informal mobilities may provide new critical perspectives on how state authorities use such mobilities to manage the migrants and the related political geographies.
Translated title of the contributionGeographical discourse and informal mobility of migrants: notes 'from the field'
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)29-54
Number of pages26
JournalRivista Geografica Italiana
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Camp
  • Geography and migrations
  • Informal mobilities
  • Migrants
  • Rohingya refugee camp
  • Western Balkan Route

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