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Daniela Debono
Senior Lecturer

Daniela DeBono is currently Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFAS Fellow at the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute. She is on research leave from Malmö University, Sweden where she is Senior Lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global Political Studies. Her main research interests primarily lie in the migration-human rights nexus. She also pursues social issues from a children's rights perspective. This reflects her training in anthropology, sociology, human rights and migration studies. She is currently working on a three-year project looking at various aspects of daily life in EU border areas where irregularly-arriving maritime migrants are saved from the sea and disembarked. The project is entitled: "Daily encounters at the border: reception in the EU and irregular migrants arriving by sea". Her latest projects analysed analysed foster care in Malta from a children's rights perspective and migrants' experiences of deportation from Sweden (MIM - Malmo, Sweden), and her PhD project sought to identify the cultural and socio-political aspects of Maltese culture which hinder the adoption of human rights within the irregular migration field (SCMR - Sussex, UK).

Research centres

MIM - Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare pil show

Research platforms

Rethinking Democracy pil show

Faculties and departments

Department of Global Political Studies pil show
Department of Urban Studies pil show
Faculty of Culture and Society pil show

Contact details
Visiting address: Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Niagara, Plan 9, Hus C
Postal address:Malmö universitet, 205 06 Malmö
Delivery address:71

Forced to leave Sweden: Migrants' experiences
  • Publications

  • Selected publications from Malmö University Electronic Publishing.

    DeBono, Daniela (2017) "In 2017 | Immigration will reveal the crisis of human rights inside our societies" MaltaToday;2017-01-05, MediaToday, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela (2016) "Book Review : Carceral Geographies : Spaces and Practices of Incarceration" Border Criminologies Blogg;2016-01-13, University of Oxford, URL [länk],

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
    DeBono, Daniela (2016) "Returning and Deporting Irregular Migrants : Not a Solution to the ‘Refugee Crisis’" Human Geography;9, 101-112, Institute for Human Geography, ISSN 1942-7786, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela (2013) "`Less than human`: the detention of irregular immigrants in Malta" Race and Class;2, 60-81, Sage, ISSN 0306-3968, DOI [länk],

    King, Russell, DeBono, Daniela (2013) "Irregular Migration and the `Southern European Model` of Migration" Journal of Mediterranean Studies;1, 1-31, University of Malta, ISSN 1016-3476, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela (2013) "`A disempowering system`: democratic practices militating against the realisation of the human rights of irregular migrants in Malta" Journal of Mediterranean Studies;1, 171-190, University of Malta, ISSN 1016-3476, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Scientific Journal Articles
    DeBono, Daniela, Ronnqvist, Sofia, Magnusson, Karin (2015) "Suspicious Minds and Unwelcome Researchers : obstacles Encountered When Researching Forced Return in Sweden" Border Criminologies: Foreigners in a Carceral Age;, University of Oxford, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela (2017) "The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems" The Conversation : UK edition;, Conversation Media Group, ISSN 2201-5639, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela (2017) "Deportation in Focus : The Paradox of Claiming to Safeguard Deportees’ Psychosocial Wellbeing" Border Criminologies Blog;, University of Oxford, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela, Muscat Azzopardi, Marian (2016) Let Me Thrive : A Research Study on Foster Care in Malta. Office of the Commissioner for Children, 1-155, ISBN 978-99957-0-962-4, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela, Rönnqvist, Sofia, Magnusson, Karin (2015) Humane and Dignified? : Migrants` Experiences of Living in a `State of Deportability` in Sweden. Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmo University, 229, ISBN 978-91-7104-639-0, 978-91-7104-640-6, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela, Suter, Brigitte (2014) "Migrant Smuggling : Irregular Migration from Asia and Africa to Europe" 91-97, De Gruyter, ISSN 1799-649X, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela (2014) "Human Rights and Migration : Trafficking for Forced Labour edited by Christien van den Anker and Ilse van Liempt" 2052-2053, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 1469-9451, DOI [länk],

    DeBono, Daniela (2012) "Migration and Human Rights : The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers` Rights" 367-368, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 1469-9451, DOI [länk],

    Chapters in Monographs
    Vathi, Zana, King, Russell (red./ed.) | DeBono, Daniela (2017) `Burning without fire` in Sweden : The paradox of the state’s attempt to safeguard deportees’ psychosocial wellbeing. Return Migration and Psychosocial Wellbeing: Discourses, Policy-Making and Outcomes for Migrants and their Families, Routledge, 129-148, ISBN 9781138677500, 9781315619613, URL [länk],

    Carrera Nunez, Sergio, De Groot, Gerard-René (red./ed.) | DeBono, Daniela (2015) Malta. European Citizenship at the Crossroads : The role of the European Union on Loss and Acquisition of Nationality, Wolf Legal Publishers, 441-479, ISBN 9789462402546,

    Xuereb, Peter J (red./ed.) | DeBono, Daniela (2012) "Human Rights for the Maltese First" : irregular Migration and Human Rights in Malta. Malta University Press, 257-278, ISBN 978-99909-45-65-2, URL [länk],

    Buttigieg, Eugene, DeBono, Daniela (2015) Country Report on Citizenship Law : Malta. European University Institute, Florence, 36, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela (2013) Naturalisation Procedures for Immigrants : Malta. European University Institute, 13, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    DeBono, Daniela (2013) Access to Electoral Rights : Malta. European University Institute, 12, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)
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