Understanding criminal mobility: The case of the Neapolitan Camorra

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Italian mafias are now present and active abroad, and many national legal economies are undermined by their activities. The American government responded to this threat in 2011 by introducing an 'executive order' that blacklisted the Camorra's (the Neapolitan mafia) activities in the United States. Recently, there has been a growing debate on criminal mobility and, in particular, why, when and how Italian mafiosi move out of their territory of origin and expand into new foreign territories. Recent literature suggests that Italian mafias change their behaviour across territories and will succeed in 'transplanting' when there are emerging new markets. This article examines some brief case studies of camorristi in Europe to discuss these concepts of mafia mobility; and it concludes by suggesting that there is no 'one size fits all' analysis and that more attention should be paid to the interdependence of territories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-602
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Modern Italian Studies
Issue number5
Early online date4 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Criminal mobility
  • Interdependence of territories
  • Italian mafias
  • Neapolitan Camorra


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