Eine zwiespältige Aufnahmepraxis im italienisch-österreichischen Grenzraum. Die Asylbewerber fuori quota zwischen lokalen Medien und Mikropolitik des Andersseins1 / Un'ambigua accoglienza sul confine Italo-Austriaco. I richiedenti asilo fuori quota tra media locali e micro-politiche dell'alterità
Against the background of the reception policy in South Tyrol and using the case of »out-of-quota« asylum seekers (profughi fuori quota/Asylbewerber fuori quota), Stefano degli Uberti explores how the process of labelling of official discourses (media and political discourses) turns to be a socio-cultural practice that produces backlashes on the individual condition of migrants. The social construction of out-of-quota asylum seekers as »underserved« at best, and as cultural and security threats at worst, does not only assist their control but is used as an othering factor that promote their disavowal and marginalization from the local society and a downward hierarchization within asylum seekers. The labels, and the discourse of which they are part, make it possible for local authorities in charge of their reception to delay asylum claims and inhibit their access to welfare services. More broadly, the article contributes to the discussion on the relationship between border and migration, calling for a greater exploration of the cultural and phenomenological dimension of bordering process.