Situating queer migration within (national) welfare regimes

2020-06-03T11:37:21Z (GMT) by C Di Feliciantonio KB Gadelha
Building on recent criticisms within the literature on queer migration raised by Andrew Gorman-Murray and Nathaniel Lewis, the article explores 'unconventional' trajectories of queer migration: a Global North metropolitan area-Global North metropolitan area one and a Global North metropolitan area-Global North ordinary city one. Two very different migration patterns are analyzed: the movement of young queer 'creative' Italians from different metropolitan areas (Rome, Milan, Bologna, Catania, Naples, Padua and Turin) towards Berlin (Germany) and the relocation of young queers from the major Italian cities (Rome and Milan) towards ordinary/small size towns. Aimed at highlighting the complexity of material and immaterial factors leading the decision to migrate in times of crisis, austerity politics and increasing unemployment, the article introduces the role of welfare regimes in shaping migration's choices. This way, queer migrants and their socio-economic status and possibilities find materially situated within national/local welfare regimes, thus challenging the teleological binarism of the 'coming-out' journey always presuming a rural/urban movement for queer subjects. Within such a framework, the ordinary/small size town can become a place for 'outness' and self-realization of queer migrants who create bridges and connections with the metropolitan areas, thus queering the provincial contexts.