Journal title SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE
Author/s Umberto Melotti
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/88 Language Italian
Pages 16 P. 29-44 File size 318 KB
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Immigration and Security: Observation and Criticism on a Controversial Issue - Immigration and security have been paired as an object of discussion far too much. Though international experience teaches us that migrating processes lead to effects of higher and deeper insecurity, Italy has until now witnessed - both among scientists and among politicians - a tendency to deny the relationship between these two phenomena. However data clamorously contradicts this assumption. According to the most recent data available, more than 35% of the crimes are attributed to foreigners and 37% of the people in prison are foreigners. If we can share the idea, put forward by many, that data does not explain everything and is subject to influences of various nature that must be taken into consideration, the widespread attitude of denial is due to ideological options rather than any rigorous analysis of available data. However some studies in countertendency can help specify the state of the issue, identify aspects worthy of further investigation, and define the theoretical perspectives and methods most useful to continue research on this topic.
Umberto Melotti, Immigrazione e sicurezza: osservazioni critiche su una questione troppo controversa in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 88/2009, pp 29-44, DOI: 10.3280/SR2009-088002