During my fieldwork in Ventimiglia the Italian Parliament, which took office in March 2018, gave the green light to a new restrictive package of immigration laws, reforming the architecture of the Italian system of protection with far-reaching consequences for asylum seekers as well as anyone hoping to settle in Italy. In such a scenario, I felt that I could not continue to consider the law as a “starting point” of my research and reasoning, but a significant opportunity for an inside view of the very complex dynamics that surround what Bourdieu calls “making the law”. In particular:

  1. The relationship between the change in political discourses on migration and migrants, and the deterioration of the regulatory and legislative framework in Italy.
  2. The “role” played by the law in systematically reducing asylum spaces.
  3. The political and legal tensions arising between different actors (Municipalities, NGO, legal associations, etc.) and the Italian government.

From a methodological point of view, to reach this scope, I needed to strengthen my data (based on legislative text analysis and primary data) by conducting a discourse analysis of the very recent debates on asylum and migration in the Italian Parliament.