Landing : How practices of temporary hospitality challenge urban spaces and policies

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Within the broad issue of migration, the paper discusses the conditions of intersection between the short temporality of the phenomenon and the longer temporality of urban spaces and policies. Along the migrant trajectory, the work particularly focuses on migrants’ landing, or first arrival. The research therefore addresses migrant populations who have a “temporary” perspective in their use of the territory and who cannot access certain urban services and opportunities. The paper considers the case of Milan and assuming the background of existing policies, the work draws on a qualitative observation of Milanese first reception, with specific attention to hospitality “practices”, broadly defined as unexpected uses of space, non-institutional actions, and unplanned answers by the Municipality. The observation unveils a general incapacity to structurally deal with the temporariness of migrants’ condition, often resulting in “exceptional” reception spaces and emergency-based policies; on the other hand, some actors and practices seem to provide a deeper understanding of certain conditions, suggesting new points of view on first reception issues and highlighting alternative paths. The work argues the urgency of a renewed and more complex definition of the temporary condition of migrant populations, and the relevance of existing practices as a starting point for discussion. Keywords: migration; landing; first reception; Milan
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