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Italy and the mafias - Part 1: Criminality
Episode 318th May 2022 • The Index • Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
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The interesting case of Italy.

Our view of the mafia has been distorted over the years by countless Hollywood movies. The reality is very different. Today, Italian mafia groups are entrenched in both the legal and illegal economy of the country. You may have heard of some of them, like the Camorra, ‘Ndrangheta or Cosa Nostra – but there are others like the Sacra Corona Unita or the Familia Basiliski, not to mention the Nigerian mafia or the Western Balkans criminal syndicates.

According to the Global Organized Crime Index, Italy has very high levels of criminality, but unusually also has very high levels of resilience.

And so over the next two podcasts we’re going to talk about Italy.

Part 1 will focus on criminality and mafia-style groups.

Presenter: Thin Lei Win


Anna Sergi, Professor of Criminology & Organised Crime at the University of Essex and an expert on ‘Ndrangheta.

Luca Storti, Associate Professor of Economic Sociology at the University Of Torino, Italy; and visiting research fellow at King’s College in London.

Monica Usai, International Program Coordinator at Libera, a network of associations that is fighting organised crime and corruption. 

Additional Links:

Italy Country Profile


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