European network on immigration and crime sets the research agenda for EUROCRIM 2018

- In recent years, migration and borders have become important topics in the annual conference of the European Society of Criminology, says Professor May-Len Skilbrei, and it will be so also at the upcoming conference in Sarajevo. 

Co-chair of the ESC Working Group Immigration, Crime and Citizenship, May-Len Skilbrei. Photo: Ystehede/UiO

The value of ‘Crimmigration’ to European Criminology

The fact that more criminologists are now interested in these and how we can understand developments is the reason why Maria João Guia (University of Coimbra) and Skilbrei were asked to organize a section in the ESC newsletter with invited interventions from central contributors in the field of border criminology answering the question “The value of ‘Crimmigration’ to European Criminology”.

In their own introduction to the section, Skilbrei and Guia writes that:  

- We are in a situation where some of the people most vulnerable to harm are the ones with the least formalised protections. Furthermore, policies on who may enter, stay, reside or leave in a determined country is decided by those who are already included, not the ones eager to get in. This is the challenge national policies face in a world in motion.

 ESC Working Group

Skilbrei and Guia are the co-chairs of the ESC Working Group Immigration, Crime and Citizenship - the 18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, which is in Sarajevo this year. The working group aims to connect and integrate researchers working on migration and crime, addressing fields such as immigration control and human rights, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, migration and gender, prostitution and migration, imprisonment and immigration detention, and terrorism and securitisation. 

- The relationship between immigration, crime and citizenship is a growing and highly topical field of research, and the working group will facilitate critical discussions on theory development, Skilbrei elaborates.

Skilbrei has long experience studying challenges linked to migration, which is also a main theme in the research project MIGMA – Transnationalism from above and below, which she heads.

Crimmigration will also be the topic of a panel at EUROCRIM 2018 headed by Skilbrei’ s colleague, professor Katja Franko whose work on ‘crimmigration’ encapsulates globalization, migration, international policing cooperation and the use of advanced information and communication technologies in crime control. 

- Migration policies have been a concern of European Criminologists since the late 1980s. The concept of ‘crimmigration’ has become central to how we as researchers approach the topic, Skilbrei explains. 

By Tara Søderholm, Per Jørgen Ystehede
Published May 25, 2018 3:11 PM - Last modified Dec. 14, 2020 12:55 PM