Convening 17 November 2019 Milan (Italy)
Migration: The Euro-African Demographic Challenge

November 17th 2019 | Cascina Casottello, Via Fabio Massimo 19, Milan – Italy

Presentation of the Italian edition of La Sfida Mediterranea (“Mediterranean Challenge“, forthcoming in English)


Migration has become a key issue in the European public debate. During 2015, more than one million asylum seekers entered the European Union and since then Brussels has sought to deal with the issue through various instruments. However, our perception of the phenomenon in Europe in general and in Italy in particular reflects a distorted representation of reality.

This representation focuses only on the so-called destination contexts (the European countries), neglecting the dynamics and factors that affect the countries of origin and transit of migration. By broadening our point of view, in fact, we can fully understand the extent of the phenomenon. For this reason, it is crucial to understand, for example, what happens in West Africa, why people are again emigrating from Tunisia or Morocco, and why Niger and Libya are fundamental points along migration routes.

This new study promoted by Reset DOC aims to go precisely to these origins of the phenomenon of migration from the south to Europe, to restore transit dignity to the choice of hundreds of thousands of people, and objectively reconstruct one of the most politicised issues of recent decades.


The volume edited by Stefano Torelli (Researcher, European Asylum Support Office) “Mediterranean challenge: What pushes people from Africa northwards” will be presented within the framework of BookCity Milano on November 17, 2019 with an open debate featuring:

Lia Quartapelle (Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Coordinator, Democratic Party)

Alessandro Rosina (Professor of Demographics and Social Statistics, Catholic University of Milan)

Stefano Torelli (European Asylum Support Office)

Danilo De Biasio (Director, Festival dei Diritti Umani)

For full information visit BookCity Milano or check out the dedicated Facebook event (in Italian)



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