Crime Control in the Borderlands of Europe – Overview

What kind of impact is migration having on contemporary crime control and criminal justice agencies?

Control of migration is becoming an increasingly important task of contemporary policing and criminal justice agencies. The purpose of this project is to map the progressive intertwining and merging of crime control and migration control practices in Europe and to examine their implications.

The project is guided by three sets of research questions:

  1. How do contemporary police and criminal justice institutions deal with unwanted mobility and the influx of ‘aliens’ (i.e. non-citizens) to their territories?
  2. What is the relevance of citizenship for European penal systems? and
  3. How do contemporary crime control practices support and perform the task of (cultural and territorial) border control?

The project aims to analyse the impact that the growing emphasis on migration control is having on criminal justice agencies such as the police, prisons and detention facilities.

The project will describe these novel hybrid forms of control which are emerging through the merging of migration control and crime control.The basic hypothesis of the project is that migration control objectives contribute to the development of novel forms of punishment and new rationalities of social control termed ‘crimmigration control’.

This raises the question: what kind of break from traditional criminal justice practices and principles do they represent? And what kind of legal, organisational and normative responses do they require?

The project is based at the University of Oslo and funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

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