Calitatea Vieții <div><em>Calitatea Vieții</em> (<em>Quality of Life</em>) is a journal founded in 1990 with the aim of advancing scientific research on quality of life and social policy issues. The journal features four issues per year and publishes empirical, methodological and theoretical articles in the above-mentioned areas as well as in the following related fields:<br />• Living standard(s)<br />• Consumption patterns<br />• Employment and occupations<br />• Healthcare<br />• Housing<br />• Political participation<br />• Environmental well-being<br />• Education and schooling<br />• Social services<br />• Social interventions<br />• Family and interpersonal relationships<br />• Leisure<br />• Migration<br />• Lifestyles<br />• Subjective well-being<br />• Research methods<br /><br />In particular, the journal encourages the submission of articles analysing and assessing social policies as well as of those advancing strategies and recommendations of social intervention. The journal publishes original articles based on qualitative or quantitative data as well as theoretical articles. The journal accepts manuscripts in Romanian, English and French. All submissions are carefully assessed and undergo the double-blind peer review process with a minimum of two reviewers.<br /><br />The Quality of Life journal follows a new editorial policy that aims to encourage articles that bring original contributions to the international literature in its areas of interest, without downplaying relevant research that aims to foster local, national or regional social development. We also support the increasing international visibility of the articles published by our authors and the growth in the number of citations.</div> <div><br />The journal is indexed in the following databases:<br /><a href="">Scopus</a><br /><a href="">CEEOL</a><br /><a href=";org=Calitatea%20Vietii,p3234,3.html">Index Copernicus</a><br />Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS)<br />Sociological Abstracts<br /><a href="">The Belt and Road Initiative Reference Source (Ebsco)</a><br />Revista are calificativul B+ acordat de CNCSIS.<br /><br />Submission invitation<br />The Quality of Life journal is always open to the publication of scientific articles, of book reviews and of contributions describing scientific events (conferences or congresses). Please send your manuscript, following the <a href="">instructions for authors</a>, via email to the journal’s address <a href=""></a>.</div> en-US (Editorial Office) (Eugen Glăvan) Sun, 05 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 60 Intersections of Precariousness. Vulnerability and Quality of Life of Migrants With Irregular Status Ana López-Sala, Yoan Molinero-Gerbeau Copyright (c) 2022 Romanian Academy Publishing House Sun, 05 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Coming Out of the Shadows? Housing Conditions of Irregular Migrant Workers in Spanish Agricultural Enclaves <p>The development of industrial agriculture in Spain has been accompanied, in recent decades, by an itinerant, recurrent and temporary mobility of immigrant workers between different productive enclaves. Although this group presents a wide internal diversity, an important segment of it is made up of workers in an irregular situation who participate in the seasonal circuit and who reside temporarily in some of these intensive production geographies. Their employment in conditions of informality makes them highly susceptible to extreme forms of labour exploitation, and to widespread difficulties in gaining access to a non-precarious legal status, which has turned their lives into an overlapping succession of chronic forms of social and labour exclusion. Additionally, the lack of political will, along with institutional and social racism has condemned many of these migrants to extreme forms of housing exclusion that has led them to reside in abandoned buildings, and spatially segregated informal settlements. In this article, we focus on this housing dimension, analysing the intersections between having an irregular status, performing agricultural work, and experiencing a subaltern spatial – residential situation. However, far from aiming to reproduce a passive vision of this issue, we analyse how migrants themselves have tried to respond to this situation. Recently, they have channelled a mobilization around the right to live in dignified conditions that has integrated demands for regularization, demands articulated around labour rights, and demands for the right to decent housing in the enclaves where they reside, thus contesting a deeply rooted policy of indifference that extends to the host societies.</p> Ana López-Sala, Yoan Molinero-Gerbeau Copyright (c) 2022 Romanian Academy Publishing House Sun, 05 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Migration in Transit: A Challenging Concept for Public and Social Policy <p>This article is framed in the specific migration scenario seen in recent years, in which migrants arrive at the external border of the European Union (mainly Andalusia and the Canary Islands), transit through the Spanish mainland to the border between the Spanish and French States (located in the autonomous region of the Basque Country) with the intention of continuing on to other countries in northern Europe, such as France, Belgium or Germany, among others. The aim of this paper is to offer a general descriptive overview of these movements of people in transit through a European State, as well as to identify the challenges faced by institutional resources and processes that have had to be created recently, in order to offer assistance to people to help them in their journey, or to receive them when the circumstances or their transit projects become difficult or are altered.</p> Iker Barbero, Cristina Blanco Copyright (c) 2022 Romanian Academy Publishing House Sun, 05 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 “A Life on Standby”. The Effects of Irregular Status and the Pursuit of Regularity on the Quality of Life of Unaccompanied Minors in Spain <p>This article aims at discussing the intersections between unaccompanied migrant minors' (UAM) irregular status and its consequences for their quality of life by focusing on the Spanish context. The research is based on the data collected during a qualitative fieldwork conducted by the authors in a specific reception centre, Sant Joan de Déu-Terres de Lleida, in the province of Lleida (Catalonia) that consisted of 12 in-depth interviews with UAMs, two focus groups with autochthonous and migrant minors and nine in-depth interviews with key actors such as social educators and psychologists. The study shows how the legal status and the social condition of these minors directly affect their future expectations and their integration into the host society. The results indicate that, although they migrated in search for a better life, the process of institutionalisation of which they are part along with the quest for legal documentation lead them to live a life on “standby” where their hopes and dreams are indefinitely postponed, generating a breach with their autochthonous counterparts, which ultimately affects their quality of life in the short and long term.</p> Zakaria Sajir, Rafael Ruiz Andrés, Yoan Molinero-Gerbeau Copyright (c) 2022 Romanian Academy Publishing House Sun, 05 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Migrant Street Vendors in Italy: A History of Irregularized Labour and People <p>Migrant street workers are removed from urban spaces in the Italian cities where they work, because of municipal and police decisions. The methodology followed in this research oriented to understand migrant street vending in Italy is constructivist and mixed, qualitative, and quantitative. The hypothesis that is supported by this article is that the political and racist restrictions imposed on immigrant street vendor workers produce a process of irregularisation that jeopardises their chances of renewing their residence permit or gaining access to citizenship. The paper then discusses how forms of racialization are reproduced through systems of irregularisation, and introduces the concept of democratic racialization to understand how racialisation is reproduced, consolidated, and normalised by democratic instruments. The paper ends with suggestions for future research to collect data on police decisions and actions against foreign street workers.</p> Marianna Ragone, Gennaro Avallone Copyright (c) 2022 Romanian Academy Publishing House Sun, 05 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000