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25 November 2014

Trafficking of Migrants: Sicily, Italy, Europe?

19 - 20 November 2014, The Department of Law at the University of Palermo, Italy

The Department of Law at the University of Palermo, in collaboration with the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC), the German Embassy in Italy, Scuola Superiore della Magistratura, Goethe Institut, and the Associazione Italiana Giovani Avvocati (AIGA) held the Interdisciplinary Conference, ‘Trafficking of Migrants: Sicily, Italy, Europe?’ on 19 - 20 November 2014 in Palermo, Italy.

The meeting was part of the ‘Transnational Crimes and the need for Judicial Cooperation’ research project presented by the University of Palermo to bring together academic scholars, government officials, students, and policy analysts to disseminate the issues and key findings of research conducted in the field of trafficking of migrants in Italy and across Europe in general.

The event hosted a number of prominent speakers from universities, the German Embassy, Frontex and the Italian Immigration and Border Police at the Ministry of Interior. The FIDUCIA Project and the theoretical framework and key findings of Deliverables 8.4 and 8.5 specifically, were presented by Dr. Mark Provera at the Round Table.

Over the course of the two days, the following topics were presented: Migrant rights and the limit of law and order; Sovereignty and citizenship; Migrants as victims; Strategies to combat aiding and abetting illegal immigration; Trafficking of persons via sea and the power of the police; Criminalization of migrants; Administrative detention of foreigners; Migrant conduct, Regulatory penalties, and constitutional law.

Dr. Provera presented the FIDUCIA Project Work Package 8 - Criminalization of Migration and Ethnic Minorities, in particular focus to Deliverable 8.4 ‘Comparative analysis on the use of criminal law to contrast migration’ and Deliverable 8.5 ‘Analysis of criminalization of solidarity across Europe’, which received great academic interest. He also referred to Work Package 6 - Trafficking in Human Beings, as one of the four ‘new’ crimes being studied in the FIDUCIA Project.

The FIDUCIA team would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to Professors Vincenzo Militello and Alessandro Spena for extending their invitation to FIDUCIA member Dr. Mark Provera to participate at the Round Table Conference.

Documents to download

Palermo_programme.pdf [0.25 MB],