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The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration

1st Edition

Edited by Sharon Pickering, Julie Ham


418 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration is concerned with the various relationships between migration, crime and victimization that have informed a wide criminological scholarship often driven by some of the original lines of inquiry of the Chicago School. Historically, migration and crime came to be the device by which Criminology and cognate fields sought to tackle issues of race and ethnicity, often in highly problematic ways. However, in the contemporary period this body of scholarship is inspiring scholars to produce significant evidence that speaks to some of the biggest public policy questions and debunks many dominant mythologies around the criminality of migrants.

The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration is also concerned with the theoretical, empirical and policy knots found in the relationship between regular and irregular migration, offending and victimization, the processes and impact of criminalization, and the changing role of criminal justice systems in the regulation and enforcement of international mobility and borders. The Handbook is focused on the migratory ‘fault lines’ between the Global North and Global South, which have produced new or accelerated sites of state control, constructed irregular migration as a crime and security problem, and mobilized ideological and coercive powers usually reserved for criminal or military threats.

Offering a strong international focus and comprehensive coverage of a wide range of border, criminal justice and migration-related issues, this book is an important contribution to criminology and migration studies and will be essential reading for academics, students and practitioners interested in this field.


‘A stunning, interdisciplinary, international collection of original work, this Handbook challenges the bright line that has been drawn between regular and irregular migration, criminals and victims, and security and mobility. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how and why the immigration threat has been produced as a political project, the book refocuses our attention on the devastating social and human costs associated with making people illegal. An absolutely foundational contribution to the development of a "criminology of mobility."’ - Nancy A. Wonders, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University, USA

‘This path-breaking book is filled with empirical detail, regional diversity, theoretical insight, and cutting-edge research on the changing role of criminal justice in the 21st Century as it becomes enmeshed with the control of mobility, the criminalization of migration, and border control. Taken together, the twenty six chapters, written by internationally renowned experts in the field and the next generation, provide new answers and new conceptual tools to tackle the enduring dilemma of crime and immigration. While engaged with traditional debates within criminology, this volume opens up new terrain to show how the control of mobility itself tends to create crime, offering a fresh perspective on public policy that may not be easy to reform, but essential to realize.’ - Vanessa Barker, Docent and Associate Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden 

Table of Contents

Introduction, Sharon Pickering Immigration and Crime1. Immigration and crime, Rebecca Wickes and Michelle Sydes 2. Understanding immigration, crime and victimization in the United States: patterns and paradoxes in traditional and new destination sites, Marjorie S. Zatz and Hilary Smith 3. Immigration and crime in Sweden, Amber L. Beckley, Johan Kardell and Jerzy Sarnecki Crime Control, Criminal Justice and Migration 4. Global policing, mobility and social control, Ben Bowling and James Sheptycki 5. Bordering citizenship in "an open and generous society": the criminalization of migration in Canada, Karine Côté-Boucher 6. Immigration detention, punishment, and the criminalization of migration, Mary Bosworth and Sarah Turnbull 7. The incarceration of foreigners in European prisons, Thomas Ugelvik 8. Reinventing ‘the stain’: bad character and criminal deportation in contemporary Australia, Michael Grewcock The Politics of Migration, Security and Crime 9. Border militarization, technology and crime control, Dean Wilson 10. Deciphering deportation practices across the Global North, Leanne Weber 11. Surviving the politics of illegality, Francesco Vecchio and Alison Gerard 12. (Un)knowing and ambivalence in migration: temporary migration status and its impacts on the everyday life of insecure communities, Claudia Tazreiter 13. Intuiting illegality in sex work, Julie Ham Migration Law and Crime 14. The state’s contradictory response to the exploitation of immigrant workers: the UK case, Lea Sitkin 15. Crimmigration: encountering the leviathan, Juliet P. Stumpf 16. Criminal immigration law and human rights in Europe, Ana Aliverti 17. War crimes and asylum in Canada – reflections on the Ezokola decision and the barriers courts face in protecting refugees, Catherine Dauvergne Crimes of Mobility 18. Human smuggling facilitators in the US Southwest, Gabriella Sanchez 19. Stopped in the traffic, not stopping the traffic: gender, asylum and anti-trafficking interventions in Serbia, Sanja Milivojevic 20. Crimes of mobility: labour trafficking and illegal markets, Marie Segrave 21. Border trading and policing of everyday life in Hong Kong, Karen Joe Laidler and Maggy Lee 22. Enclosing the commons: predatory capital and forced evictions in Papua New Guinea and Burma, Penny Green, Kristian Lasslett and Angela Sherwood Criminology and the Border 23.Borders, crime and justice, Doris Marie Provine and Marjorie S. Zatz 24. Shifting borders: crime, borders, international relations and criminology, Jude McCulloch and Jacqui True 25. The criminology of mobility, Sharon Pickering, Mary Bosworth and Katja Aas.

About the Editors

Sharon Pickering is a Professor of Criminology and Head of Social Sciences at Monash University. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow on Border Policing and Director of the Border Observatory ( Her work on publishing scholarly work on asylum in the national media was awarded the Australian Human Rights Award in 2012. Professor Pickering recently co-authored a book with Leanne Weber called Globalization and Borders: Deaths at the Global Frontier, which documented and analysed over 40, 000 border related deaths in Europe, North America and Australia. It recently won the C.M. Alder Prize for best book by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. 

Julie Ham is a doctoral student in criminology at Monash University and an associate of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW). Her doctoral research explores how the regulation of sex work and migration shapes sex workers’ security, mobility and agency. Since 2003, she has worked with community-based research projects working with and for women in sex work, immigrant and refugee populations, women substance users, low-income populations, and anti-violence organisations. She has published on the impact of anti-trafficking measures on sex workers’ rights, feminist participatory action research, and activist efforts by trafficking survivors, sex workers and domestic workers.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology