The International Migration Laboratory (IML) coordinates the research activities on the subject of international migration across the various departments of the University of Trento. It promotes training, research and informed debate on human mobility and its consequences for the areas of departure, transit and arrival. The IML therefore wants to encourage the interaction and interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars and students who already work, or are interested, in the topic of international migration.

To achieve these objectives, the IML collaborates both with similar specialized research centers in other universities, and with the main actors of the Trentino region in the field of immigration. (ATAS onlus, Provincia di Trento, Cinformi, Comune di Trento, Fondazione Caritro, Centro Astalli, ASGI Trento, Ordine degli Avvocati di Trento etc.).

Research directions

Over the next three years, the IML's research will focus on the first reception of refugees and asylum seekers - the period between physical arrival on the territory and the legal recognition (or otherwise) of some form of humanitarian protection. The Italian experience of recent years is potentially strategic in this regard, given that Italy is one of the EU countries characterized by both strong immigration flows and important "external" borders.

The study of issues related to first reception necessarily requires a multidisciplinary approach. Given the unique Italian context, a further and operational analysis of this theme can contribute to overcome the emergency approaches that constitute the main Achilles heels of national migration policies.

Internal collaborations

Martina Cvajner
Silvia Nicoletta Fargion
Simona De Falco
Maria Paola Paladino
Jeroen Andre Filip Vaes

External collaborations

Law faculty of the University of Trento:
Antonino Alì, Laura Baccaglini, Marco Bombardelli, Fabrizio Cafaggi, Antonio Cassatella, Fulvio Cortese, Matteo Cosulich, Silvana Dalla Bontà, Marco Dani, Gabriella Di Paolo, Elena Fasoli, Paola Iamiceli, Massimo Miglietta, Giuseppe Nesi, Silvia Pellizzari, Simone Penasa, Marco Pertile, Federico Puppo, Anna Simonati, Roberto Toniatti

Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento: 
Paolo Boccagni, Andrea Brighenti, Francesca Decimo, Ester Gallo, Davide Strazzari, Cristiano Vezzoni

Selected publications (max 10)

  • Boldly Go Where No Woman has Gone Before. Women Migrant Pioneers and the Quest for a New Self, in Routledge Companion to Urban Ethnography, ed. Elijah Anderson, 2017, in press.
  • What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Migration Regimes? The Diverse Theoretical Roots of an Increasingly Popular Concept, in The Impossible Order: Europe, Power, and the Search for a New Migration Regime, ed. Frank Wolff, 2017, in press. 
  • Theorizing Irregular Migration: The Control of Spatial Mobility in Differentiated Societies, with Giuseppe Sciortino, “European Journal of Social Theory”, v. 13, n. 3 (2010), p. 389-404. 
  • A Tale of Networks and Policies. Varieties of Irregular Migration Careers and their evolutionary paths, with Giuseppe Sciortino, “Population, Space and Place”, 16 (3) (2010), p. 210-225.
  • Vaes, J., Latrofa, M., Suitner, c., & Arcuri, L. (in press). They are All Armed and Dangerous! Biased Language Use in Crime News with Ingroup and Outgroup Perpetrators. Journal of Media Psychology.
  • Vaes, J., Latrofa, M., Vieno, A., & Pastore, M. (2015). Exposure to politicized media and prejudice against immigrants in Italy: Identifying its impact and psychological mediators. Psicologia Sociale, 2, 141-160.
  • Miranda, M. P., Gouveia-Pereira, M., & Vaes, J. (2014). When in Rome… Identification and acculturation strategies among minority members moderate the dehumanization of the majority outgroup. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 327-336.