Resolving the ‘mobility paradox’: Lessons from southern Europe (TRAFIG Practice Note No. 9)

Release date: 2021-12

Protracted displacement exists in the European Union. TRAFIG research shows that many forced migrants in Italy and Greece live on the margins of society without hope for or the prospect of change. Their only way out is to go on the move. Mobility is their strategy to connect to social networks and find livelihood opportunities elsewhere. The problem is that their mobility is often on the fringes of or entirely outside the law. It leads to what we call the ‘mobility paradox’ that, if left unresolved, limits migrants’ survival strategies from serving as resources and solutions to protracted displacement

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