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A new working paper by MSc in Migration Studies graduate Phoenix Paz argues that ideas of nationhood and nationality are often constructed by foreigners and 'outsiders'.

Phoenix focuses her paper on the interaction between immigrant street hawkers and international holidaymakers in Italy. She analyses the ways these foreigners enter into a dialogue of national and local authenticity and belonging. Specifically how Bangladeshi and Senegalese migrants in Italy forge a place for themselves in the community despite being deemed foreigners by the Italian nation. She further examines interactions between immigrant street hawkers and tourists to understand how this parallel discourse of inclusion and exclusion reshapes ideas of being local and belonging.

This working paper has been developed from Phoenix's Masters Dissertation. Students in the MSc in Migration Studies receiving a distinction for their thesis are invited to publish a modified version as an IMI and COMPAS joint working paper.