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About Alessandra Sciurba

Alessandra Sciurba is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Sociology at the University of Palermo and an activist. She is also a research fellow in Philosophy at the University of Bergamo, with a project on the right to asylum. She has been researching migrations for many years and from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on human rights, citizenship, female migrations and exploitation. 

Articles by Alessandra Sciurba

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Serbia waiting: between trapped migrants and EU enclosures

Stories and brief reflections from Belgrade.

Hotspot system as a new device of clandestinisation: view from Sicily

The ‘hotspot’ system for migrants remains an experiment, but it entails the implementation at the national level of human-rights-violating policies elaborated at the EU level. 

New mobility regimes, new forms of exploitation in Sicily

Asylum seekers, refugees and poor EU citizens are vulnerable to labour exploitation in EU member states. Sicily’s agricultural sector illuminates how structural gaps and individual needs exacerbate that vulnerability.

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