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  • The Border Crossing Observatory Graduate Students have prepared a series of journal article and book chapter summaries of publications written by our BOb academics on issues associated with border crossings and irregular migration. These research summary posts are a quick reference point for any researcher to use.

    The summary posts are presented under the subheadings ‘Keywords’ identified from the issues discussed in the publication, ‘’What does the evidence say?’, ‘What does it mean?’ and ‘How was the research conducted?’. A link to the full article or chapter is also provided as well as contact details for the associated authors and experts.

    Other summary posts will be added to the list periodically, so check back for more.

    Click on any post below to read the publication summaries.

  • Against the intentions of the Australian government to prevent any further evolution of people smuggling networks in Indonesia, responsible for shipping „unwanted“ asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia, anti-people people smuggling campaigns have been impeded by Australia’s draconian asylum policies that have prolonged the stay of asylum seekers and refugees in transit in Indonesia. Against state ... Read more
  • The criminalization of non-citizens through border controls because of suspicions and identity in Britain affects non-citizens, but also minority citizens who may get caught up in these mechanisms. Further, these practices not only govern non-citizens’ actions, but also controls citizens’ movement and identity at and inside borders as well. Researchers: Mary Bosworth and Mhairi Guild Keywords: Immigration, ... Read more
  • In the US non-citizens are increasingly being incarcerated, held for indeterminate periods of time often in unsafe conditions, and not afforded similar judicial processes as offenders who are US citizens. Crimmigration practices in the US have a number of significant issues associated with the blending of crime control and immigration enforcement. Researchers: Mary Bosworth and Emma ... Read more
  • Politically active, stateless women at the Thai Burma border are known to engage a number of strategies against Thai border control which has helped these women remove themselves from dangerous situations at the border. Strategies, such as confidence and attitudes, invoked by women when involved with confrontation with Thai border police were found to be ... Read more
  • Borders are not just geographical checkpoints. Instead borders can be enacted on individuals functionally, spatially, temporally, and personally. The rise of border protection is an external expression of sovereignty in reaction to globalisation may be selectively punitive to certain migrant groups. Researchers: Leanne Weber Keywords: Borders, Irregular Migration, Refugees, Australia, United Kingdom What does the evidence say? The ... Read more
  • More states around the world are continuing to use immigration detention as both a deterrent and tool against the onshore arrival of asylum seekers. The latest edition of Forced Migration Review looks in detail at detention from a wide range of perspectives. It considers the impacts and proposes alternatives to detention, and also the practice ... Read more
  • The gaps that exist between the theory and practice of human rights has been pointed out by many. Bosworth goes beyond this common refrain to pinpoint specifically where the human rights framework fails those in immigration detention in the UK. For instance, does human rights framework fail in the UK immigration detention system because it’s ... Read more
  • How would our understanding of sex work change if we considered the work in sex work rather than the sex? Regulation and policy for the sex work sector may be more effective if stakeholders focus on gendered inequalities in employment conditions for women rather than gendered inequalities in heterosexual relations for women. Focusing on the ... Read more
  • Many people are interested in victims of trafficking – this includes the media, students, researchers, governments and what Laura Agustin has termed “the rescue industry”. Given this interest in trafficked persons’ narratives, who ultimately decides how their stories are heard? Bosworth et al. weigh different arguments posed by academics and practitioners on the potential benefits ... Read more
  • Criminologists need to engage with border and migration issues as the ‘unauthorised’ movement of people increases, and as states increasingly frame certain types of border crossing and migration as crimes. Researchers: –     Sharon Pickering –     Leanne Weber Keywords: borders, border control, criminology What does the evidence say? Pickering and Weber outline how criminologists are engaging with borders: (1)       As gendered, racialised, ... Read more
  • There are conceptual contradictions underpinning Australia’s expensive and extensive border security regime. For example, how do you enforce Australian borders outside Australia? How does the Australian government rationalise subverting international law concerning refugees? And “Why else, if not for its nation-binding value, would a government incur the expense of transporting people to the most inaccessible ... Read more
  • Women are more likely to die crossing borders of nation states, and with the proportion of women crossing borders increasing, it is probable that deaths will likewise increase. Women coming from the countries that are typically rejected for lawful entry, are also more likely to die at border crossings, and with a lack of robust ... Read more
  • The Border Crossing Observatory Graduate Students have prepared a series of journal article and book chapter summaries of publications written by our BOb academics on issues associated with border crossings and irregular migration. These research summary posts are a quick reference point for any researcher to use. The summary posts are presented under the subheadings ‘Keywords’ ... Read more