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New Faces, Old Masks: Borders And Confinements Between The Desert And The Mediterranean Sea, Paola Zaccaria Jun 2007

New Faces, Old Masks: Borders And Confinements Between The Desert And The Mediterranean Sea, Paola Zaccaria

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

This essay, which analyzes what is happening in "Fortress Europe" as a result of (postcolonial) migration, deals with the geography and politics of migration in the South of Italy, in Puglia and on Italy's southernmost island, Lampedusa ("the Southern Gate to Fortress Europe," Andrijasevic 2006) where people arriving on "despair boats" are confined in temporary holding centers, places reminiscent of Nazi concentration camps. Taking account of the fact that the primary regions of origin of these undocumented migrants have been identified by NGO (ARCI and Mèdecins sans Frontiéres) as the Middle East, Maghreb, Horn of Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa ...