This paper presents some observations that arose during the author’s theoretical analysis and experiences during the last ten years thanks to a PhD research conducted from 2015 to 2018 on the migration of unaccompanied and separated children, as well as field observations collected during the author’s experience as worker in reception centres from 2010 to 2015. The research method adopted is qualitative with the use of life stories and participant observations. The article analyzes the reception system that migrants encounter once they arrive on Italian territory: a porous context, with multiple purposes, in which security and humanitarian needs merge. In this framework, the recognition of the victims of migratory violence takes place in a problematic context, constantly in tension between victim stereotypes and politics of suspicion.
Keywords: Unaccompanied and Separated Children; Migration; Refugees; Reception System.