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Bangladeshi Migrants of Italy and Their Precarity

Department of Economics, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
Institute of Political Science, Leiden University, NL 2333AK Leiden, The Netherlands
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(4), 123;
Received: 20 February 2019 / Revised: 9 April 2019 / Accepted: 11 April 2019 / Published: 19 April 2019
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Over the past years much attention has been placed on the ordeal of migrants as they leave their home countries and seek refuge or better lives in others. Given the sudden surge of Bangladeshi migration to Italy in recent years, this article focuses on Bangladeshi migrants in Italy and examines the precarity that they face or have faced. Our analysis is based on observations gleaned from the existing literature and our own field study of 18 Bangladeshi migrants in two adjacent regions in Italy. We look at the precarity faced by Bangladeshi migrants (1) pre-migration in Bangladesh, (2) during migration from Bangladesh as they passed through different countries, and (3) in their current host country, Italy. Precarity can have different but often overlapping meanings, for example, “labor precarity”, “life precarity”, and “place/legal precarity”, among others. We have used these different lenses of precarity to examine the experience of Bangladeshi migrants of Italy. The existing literature on Bangladeshi migrants does not use a precarity lens explicitly, nor does it consider the experience of the migrants in all three of the above stages of their migration together. We conclude that generally these Bangladeshi migrants face precarity in its various forms, in all stages of their journey, and in many spheres of life in their current host country. Recognizing the precarious nature of the existence of many of the Bangladeshi migrants is very important in any discussion of migrant issues that their host country, Italy, is facing. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bangladeshi migrants; Italy; precarity; well-being Bangladeshi migrants; Italy; precarity; well-being
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Roy, N.; Verdun, A. Bangladeshi Migrants of Italy and Their Precarity. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 123.

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