This paper explores how drop-in centres may function as enablers of the mobility of migrants in cities. Emblematic elements within practices and theorisations of the ‘sanctuary city’, drop-in centres for migrants are usually perceived as welcoming sites of hospitality that focus on mutual relations and care in bounded spaces. Based on the extensive ethnographical study of a drop-in centre in Milan, Northern Italy, the paper questions this understanding, which risks reproducing unequal relations and eliciting a sense of dependency. In particular, through consideration of emblematic stories of migrant drop-in's guests, the paper examines the role that these settings can play in increasing the mobility of their regular attendees, and, to this end, utilizes Vincent Kaufmann's notion of motility – the potential of mobility. The findings show that while, generally, drop-ins benefit guests' motility, they also risk representing only one of the many spaces of fixity. The paper concludes by suggesting to look on drop-in centres as sites where migrants can enhance their motility, in order whether to stay put or move.

The mobility of the drop-in: Drop-in centres for migrants as providers of motility / M. Artero. - In: CITIES. - ISSN 0264-2751. - 100(2020), pp. 102654.1-102654.8. [10.1016/j.cities.2020.102654]

The mobility of the drop-in: Drop-in centres for migrants as providers of motility

M. Artero
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2020

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This paper explores how drop-in centres may function as enablers of the mobility of migrants in cities. Emblematic elements within practices and theorisations of the ‘sanctuary city’, drop-in centres for migrants are usually perceived as welcoming sites of hospitality that focus on mutual relations and care in bounded spaces. Based on the extensive ethnographical study of a drop-in centre in Milan, Northern Italy, the paper questions this understanding, which risks reproducing unequal relations and eliciting a sense of dependency. In particular, through consideration of emblematic stories of migrant drop-in's guests, the paper examines the role that these settings can play in increasing the mobility of their regular attendees, and, to this end, utilizes Vincent Kaufmann's notion of motility – the potential of mobility. The findings show that while, generally, drop-ins benefit guests' motility, they also risk representing only one of the many spaces of fixity. The paper concludes by suggesting to look on drop-in centres as sites where migrants can enhance their motility, in order whether to stay put or move.
Drop-in centres; Sanctuary city; Mobility; Forced migration; Space of care
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Settore SPS/10 - Sociologia dell'Ambiente e del Territorio
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