Fiorenza Picozza

Fiorenza Picozza


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"Dubliners" on the Move: The Fragmented Mobility of Refugees within Europe's Geographies of Asylum

 This research project looks at the production of Europe’s geographies of asylum and at their contested nature, focusing on the (unauthorised or authorised) strategies of mobility deployed by asylum seekers/refugees within this space. The study will hinge upon the double bind of the politics of control and the politics of mobility, highlighting the constitutive role that asylum seekers/refugees play in the production of the European space. Specifically, I will focus on the legal, social and existential lived consequences of the Dublin regulation and of the recent European scheme for relocation and resettlement, both of which—although with different criteria—allocate asylum seekers to specific European countries, thus subjecting them to a socio-legally precarious condition of ‘deportability’ within Europe. By following a group of Afghan asylum seekers/refugees scattered throughout, and moving between, different urban centres in Germany, Italy and the UK, the study seeks to map out biographically individual but also historically collective asylum cartographies, highlighting the embeddedness of sites within each others and interrogating their asymmetries in terms of policy implementation, social, legal or economic opportunities, and migrant strategies of resistance, autonomy and mobility. Located at the intersection of political geography and the anthropology of borders and migration, this research aims to bridge macro and micro levels of analysis by deploying the multi-scalar framework of the ‘ethnographic regime analysis’, combining mixed mobile methods, including participant observation, qualitative research and discourse/policy analysis.


Member of the Cities research group

Research interests (short)

"Dubliners" on the Move: the Fragmented Mobility of Refugees within Europe's Geographies of Asylum


Member of the Cities research group


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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