Belloni, Milena. (2019) The big gamble: Eritreans migrating to Europe. Berkeley: The University of California Press.

Articles in peer-reviewed academic journals :

Belloni M. (2019), Family project or individual choice? Exploring migration of underage Eritreans, Special issue of the Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies on unaccompanied minors, edited by Lems A. and Strasse S.

Belloni, M. (2019) When the phone stops ringing: on the meanings and causes of disruptions in transnational communication between Eritrean refugees and their families back home, in Global Networks

Belloni, M. (2019) Breaking free from tradition: young Eritrean women searching for geographic mobility in Migration Letters (Special issue of edited by Sciortino g. and Cvajner M.)

Belloni M., S. Bruzzi and V. Fusari (2018), Mobilità e relazioni affettive: uno sguardo interdisciplinare. (Introduction to the Special Issue). Studi Emigrazione, 12.

Belloni M. and V. Fusari (2018), L’amore ai tempi dell’esilio: prospettive sulla relazione di coppia nel contesto della migrazione forzata. Studi Emigrazione, 12.

Belloni, M. (2018), Refugees and citizens: understanding Eritrean refugees’ ambivalence towards homeland politics, in International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

Belloni, M. (2016). Learning How to Squat: Cooperation and Conflict between Refugees and Natives in Rome. Journal of Refugee Studies, 29 (4): 506-527.

Belloni M. (2016), "My uncle cannot say no if I reach Libya”: Unpacking the social dynamics of border-crossing among Eritreans heading to Europe, Human Geography, 9 (2).

Belloni, M. (2016), Refugees as gamblers: Eritreans migrating through Italy, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 14 (1), 104-119.

Belloni, M. (2016). "Solo di passaggio": l’Italia nelle rappresentazioni e nelle pratiche di mobilità dei giovani eritrei. Mondi Migranti, 2. DOI: 10.3280/MM2016-002013

Belloni, M & Pastore F. (2016), Donne rifugiate: non solo vittime. In Aspenia 75 (21), 180-190


Book chapters:


Schapendonck J. and M. Belloni (forthcoming), Constraints and transgressions in journeys of displacement in Bowstead J., P. Adey, K. Brickell, V. Desai, M. Dolton, A. Pinkerton and A. Siddiqi, Handbook of Displacement, London: Palgrave.

Belloni, M & Boccagni, P. (forthcoming), Between old divides and new claims “interventions” from above and below in the refugee reception context of Italy, in Kyriakides C. and Torres R. Borders of Mass Destruction: Racialisation, National Belonging and 'the Refugee'. New York: Routledge.

Ravn S., Mahieu, R., Belloni, M.,Timmermann, C., (2019). Shaping the “Deserving Refugee”: Insights From a Local Reception Programme in Flanders, in Glorius B. and J. Doomernik, Geographies of Asylum in Europe and the Role of European Localities. New York: Springer

Belloni, M. (2018),  Becoming unaccustomed to home: Narratives of young Eritreans about estrangement, belonging, and the desire to leave home. In Davis, K., Ghorashi, H., Smets, P., Eijberts, M., Contested Belongings: Spaces, Practices, Biographies. Bingley: Emerald book

Belloni, M. (2018), ‘Italy is not safe…why don’t you move onwards?’: The influence of transnational communication, ties and kinship obligations on Eritrean refugees’ feeling of being stuck, in Tekle Woldemikael, Postliberation Eritrea, 25th Anniversary: The Rise and Fall of an African Renaissance State. Bloomington: Indiana University Press

Belloni, M. (2018), A ‘Postcolonial’ Migration? An Analysis of Eritrean mobility pathways, in Brioni s. & Shimelis Gulema, Colonial, Postcolonial and Transnational Encounters: Italy and the Horn of Africa. London: Peter Lang

Belloni, M., Pastore, F., Timmermann C. (2018). “Women in Mediterranean asylum flows: current scenarios and ways forward” in Van Praag, L., Timmermann, C. Dynamic interplays between gender and migration. Leuven University Press: Leuven

Belloni, M. (2016), Quando migrare diventa la norma: pressioni sociali ed aspirazioni individuali nella migrazione forzata dall’Eritrea. in Ciabarri L. “I RIFUGIATI e L’EUROPA: Tra crisi internazionali e corridoi d'accesso”, Raffaello Cortina Eds (Milano)



Policy Reports:

Belloni, M. Pastore, F. (2016, November) Addressing the Gender Dimension of contemporary asylum flows in the Mediterranean. Towards a more Gender-Sensitive Governance of International Protection as a Common Euro-Mediterranean Priority, Commissioned by Women Empower the World (Italy)

Belloni, M. (2016, December), Relazioni in movimento: la pratica dello sport come mezzo di integrazione delle donne di origine immigrata in Trentino, with ATAS, UISP, University of Trento with the support of Province of Trento

Belloni, M & Cole, G. (2016, February), Rapid fragility and migration assessment for Eritrea Commissioned by the EU Commission for GSDRC, University of Birmingham

Blog & newspaper articles:

Belloni, M. (2019), When Migration Is Everywhere, But You Cannot See It: Methodological Reflections From Fieldwork In Eritrea. HOMING: The home and migration nexus

Belloni, M. and A. Massa (2019), “What Is Your Address? Exploring The Gap Between Legal Residence, Social Rights And Informal Housing In Rome”, HOMING: The home and migration nexus

Belloni, M. and J. Jeffrey (May, 2019), Cycling heaven: The African capital with 'no traffic'. BBC AFRICA

Belloni, M. and J. Jeffrey (April, 2019), Is Eritrea coming in from the cold? BBC Global Business.

Belloni, M. and J. Jeffrey (April, 2019), Amid border wrangles, Eritreans wrestle with staying or going. The New Humanitarian.

Belloni, M. (2016, May), Anything new under the sun? Analysing the shifting flow of Eritrean asylum seekers to Europe, Feature article in the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat

 Belloni, M. (2016, April), Crossing the border, blurring the boundaries: alternative views on human smuggling from the Horn of Africa,  Feature article in Allegra Lab

 Belloni, M. (2014, November 30th), “Human smugglers: exploiters or pioneers of new underground railroad”, Article published in Al Jazeera America with James Jeffrey.                     

  Belloni, M. (2014, April 5th), “It's April, which means Eritrea's refugees are headed north ‘Wey keb wey geb! All or nothing!’Article published in the Global Post

  Belloni, M. (2012, March), “Come ti smantello Addis Abeba” Article published in the magazine covering African societal challenges and politics, “Nigrizia”