Photo: Jamaican Immigrants to Britain in 1948
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This project aims to analyze the forms of internment established by the colonial metropolises of Southern Europe in their interior and within their empires, relating them to the morphologies of the various contemporary methods of reclusion targeting in particular migrants and refugees. On the one hand, it will be a question of understanding how the repression of “dissidents” and “undesirables” took place in the colonial framework, by making a choice of concrete cases originating both from concentration camps and from the urban developments carried out in order to relegate the “dangerous classes” to spaces of segregation (real or de facto); on the other, to place in a historical perspective the official internment policies which have their origin in the great Foulcaudian confinement. These policies seem to be reproduced in the current restrictions on South-North migratory flows both in the former metropolises and in their former colonies, thus determining the creation of a truly global space for the humanitarian management of the “undesirable” persons.