The Border Crossing Observatory logo

The Border Crossing Observatory (BOb) produces high quality, innovative academic research to transform understandings of irregular migration and border control. Read more


Research Agenda


  • Rashid, a Pakistani refugee living in Hong Kong, recently wrote a post for our NGO partners Vision First. Rashid wrote of his experiences living in Hong Kong as a refugee on a very personal level. Life for Rashid is difficult and in a state of disrepair with limited access to opportunities for establishing a protected, Read more
  • Boat migrants are increasingly treated as illegals and criminals in political discourse in Australia, whilst procedural borderscapes are simultaneously diminished and recreated in a novel governance-structure to effectively detain such migrants without much public scrutiny. Patrick van Berlo LLM MSc, PhD Candidate at the Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology at Leiden University, the Netherlands, Read more
  • In another ploy to ‘stop the boats’, the IOM (International Organisation for Migration) has been targeting the small fry of people smugglers: Indonesian fisherman from poor coastal areas. Using a range of tactics, including merchandise and community events, the tag line is a straightforward one: “I know people smuggling is wrong.” Funded by the Australian Read more
  • Humanising those who have lost their lives in the name of border security, a new cooperative project has emerged which shows plainly the cost of Australian border policies. Showing how each person lost their life, any biographical information which might be available, and any details which have been captured, this work puts a face to Read more
  • Marie Segrave was invited to present at the 15th Annual conference focused this year on Human Trafficking, Forced Labour and Exploitation, held at the University of Connecticut on October 21, 2015. Other invited speakers included Dr. Aidan McQuade, CEO of Anti-Slavery International and Ms. Gaynel Curry, Gender and Women’s Rights Advisor, United Nations Office of Read more
  • Reaching out across the radio waves, a program focussing on refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and Europe was recently released. ‘Never Talk Politics’ radio undertook a comparison of policies throughout the world to bring better understanding to this topic by explaining why refugees are on the move and providing insight into their migration journeys. Speaking Read more

More News