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:
- The relationship between the change in political discourses on migration and migrants, and the deterioration of the regulatory and legislative framework in Italy.
- The “role” played by the law in systematically reducing asylum spaces.
- 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.