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Hosting to skim: organized crime and the reception of asylum seekers in Italy

Luca, Davide and Proietti, Paola (2022) Hosting to skim: organized crime and the reception of asylum seekers in Italy. Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2022.2039386

Abstract

The paper investigates the link between organized crime and Italy’s publicly funded asylum seekers’ reception facilities. We gather detailed municipal-level data on the location of mafia activities and Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (SPRAR)-type reception centres, and provide evidence of how the local presence of mafia increases the likelihood of hosting reception facilities. Statistical evidence and in-depth expert interviews suggest that organized crime correlates with less transparent tendering procedures in the set-up of such centres, while hosting activities increase after local governments are infiltrated by mafias. Overall, results underscore the importance of measures aimed at contrasting organized crime, especially at times of ‘crises’ when public policy is subject to ‘states of exception’.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/cres20
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D73 - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H57 - Procurement
K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K42 - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
Date Deposited: 20 May 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 23:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115174

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