This introduction to the special issue Food, Migration, Passages. Foodways which are brought and met, outlines encounters and misunderstandings between Migra-tion Studies and Food Studies. Focusing on the ambivalent power relations in both doing and writing ethnographies, we discuss the increasing concern for the analysis of the way in which material and cultural dimensions in food practices intertwine. The metaphor and reality of migrants’ "food suitcase", and the journey it makes, is used to consider analogies between commensality/conviviality in food dynamics and citizenship processes. The individual and collective acts of commensali-ty/conviviality define boundaries through secular rituals and normative require-ments, in the same way as citizenship policies define territorial and legal borders limit the inclusion of migrants. Food that circulates, in the next six articles, mirrors the inequalities and interdependencies of the subjects involved, as well as their dif-ferent possibilities of agency
Keywords: cibo nelle migrazioni; etnografia come pratica sociale; capitali cul-turali e abitudini alimentari; commensalità e ostipitalità.