Migration Policing

The enforcement of immigration law increasingly takes place, not just at the physical border, but at multiple ‘sites of enforcement’ and involves a growing number of government and non-governmental agencies, some of which are not traditionally associated with immigration control (e.g. Centrelink, the Australian Taxation Office).

This research analyses interactions between a range of agencies that play a role in detecting ‘unlawful non-citizens’ in Australia, either proactively, or as an unintended consequence of their day-to-day activities.

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Project Updates

  • “Leanne Weber’s Policing Non-Citizens is an empirical tour-de-force on immigration policing´ writes David Sausdal from Stockholm University in his review of Associate Professor Leanne Weber’s book ‘Policing Non-Citizens’ (Routledge 2013) published in the latest issue of Punishment and Society Journal. Weber’s book discusses the detection of unlawful non-citizens as a distinct form of policing which is impacting on ... Read more
  • While political attention is focused on offshore boat arrivals, Australia is quietly strengthening its internal border controls. This is the topic of a new book Policing Non Citizens, published in the Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship series. The book describes the recruitment of a range of agencies, including universities, into a migration policing ... Read more
  • Released today, Policing Non-Citizens (Routledge, 2013) by BOb’s Dr Leanne Weber, discusses the detection of unlawful non-citizens as a distinct form of policing which is impacting on a growing range of agencies and sections of society. Part of the Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship, this book constitutes an important contribution not only to ... Read more
  • Although the Compliance branch of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has ultimate responsibility for the detection of individuals defined as ‘unlawful non citizens’ in Australia, state and federal police are also ‘designated officers’ under the Migration Act 1958.  In 2008‐09, Dr Leanne Weber (a Director and researcher at The Border Crossing Observatory) surveyed 371 operational New South Wales ... Read more