Migration Policing – Overview

Border control has become a major preoccupation of governments. 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. Examples include Centrelink, the Australian Taxation Office, various service providers, and even universities who are required to monitor the visa compliance of international students under the ESOS Act.

This study focused on 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.

The research was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP0774554).