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Crime Control in the Borderlands of Europe (completed)

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

The research project consists of several inter-related sub-projects examining crimmigration practices on different levels.

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About the project

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 research project consists of five inter-related sub-projects aiming to examine crimmigration practices on three levels: transnational, national and local.


The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

Published June 16, 2016 9:38 AM - Last modified Sep. 1, 2016 8:42 AM


Project Manager

Katja Franko

Administrative Coordinator

Marit Fosse


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