Palermo Open City: From the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis to a Europe Without Borders?

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JournalNear Futures Online
DatePublished - Mar 2016
Original languageEnglish

Bibliographical note

is Senior Lecturer in Politics at
the University of York and principal investigator
for the UK Economic and Social Research Council
project “Precarious Trajectories: Understanding
the Human Cost of the Migrant Crisis in the Central

is the Mayor of Palermo and
the President of the Association of the Municipalities of Sicily. He was elected mayor for the fourth time in 2012 with 73% of the vote. His extensive
and remarkable political career dates back to the
late 1970s, and includes membership and a break
from the Christian Democratic Party; the establishment of the Movement for Democracy La Rete
(“The Network”); and election to the Sicilian Regional
Parliament, the Italian National Parliament, as well
as the European Parliament. Struggling against
organized crime, reintroducing moral issues into
Italian politics, and the creation of a democratic
society have been at the center of Oralando’s many
initiatives. He is currently campaigning for
approaching migration as a matter of human rights
within the European Union. Leoluca Orlando is also
a Professor of Regional Public Law at the University
of Palermo. He has received many awards and recognitions, and authored numerous books that are
published in many languages and include:
Fede e Politica (Genova: Marietti, 1992),
Fighting the
Mafia and Renewing Sicilian Culture
(San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2001),
Hacia una cultura
de la legalidad–La experiencia siciliana
(Mexico City: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, 2005),
and Ich sollte der nächste sein Freiburg: Herder
Verlag, 2010).

    Research areas

  • MIGRATION, Mediterranean, CITIES, refugees/asylum seekers, Local government, Italy, Sicily

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