This course is also available to students of the Honours College Law (click here to go to the Crime and Migration course description for Honours College Law students).
Criminologists have a long tradition of studying the dynamics of crime and migration and, in so doing, the challenges of increased mobility in a globalized world. Mobility, migration and the uncertainties of a 'world in motion' are also increasingly politicized and mediatized and, as a result, in both political and public discourse links are easily made between migration and (organized) crime. Whether not these links are justified or not - as we do see that restrictive migration policies in many Western countries have fostered an increase in what is generally referred to as migration crime e.g. unauthorized migration, human smuggling, and human trafficking - this intertwinement has also contributed to the undesirable global trend of crimmigration. On the one hand immigration law violations are increasingly addressed as criminal offenses, on the other hand immigration law is also increasingly used as an instrument of crime control: rather than being rehabilitated and re-integrated in the country of residence, non-citizen criminals may lose their residence permits, in order to be excluded from the territory with the help of immigration law. Rising rates of immigration detention, an increase in the number of declared ‘undesirable aliens’ are some manifestations of the crimmigration-trend. An important aspect of the crimmigration trend, or the current debates on crime and migration, is the notion of 'othering'. By depicting immigrants as dangerous 'others' who are trying to take advantage of the welfare state and/ or who are to be seen as a risk for the national security and national identity of - mostly - Western Liberal Democracies, exclusionary bordering practies are being implemented and supported. Although these dynamics have become painfully clear as a result of the so-called European Migration crisis, the relationship between migration and borders has always been a tense one.
In this course, while drawing on the field known as "border criminology" we will addres the challenging relationship between crime and migration in a world in motion. Students will first be introduced to the theoretical key concepts in border criminology such as: illegality, deportability, exclusion/inclusion, border performativity, borders and boundaries, crimmigration, welfare chauvinism, the minority threat hypothesis, border spectacle, transnationalism, border reconstruction projects, etc.
In the second part of the course, the key topics will be discussed through empirical and theoretical research carried out in different context. Examples of these topics are:
Immigration and border policing in and outside of Europe
Administrative detention & deportation
Penal Nationalism & welfare chauvinism
The externalization of borders
The approach developed in the course sees the law, policies, and discourses as entranched factors in driving the mechanisms of border control. Specific importance will be given to the role of gender, class, and race in the law-making and law-enforcement activities.
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
Describe and critically analyze the interplay between crime control and migration control as well as the underlying phenomena of crime and migration in different national contexts, both in theory and in practice;
Summarize reflections on the literature and classes on the relation between the various theoretical concepts into concept maps;
Combine their knowledge of different contexts and disciplinary approaches when analysing immigration and border policies.
Analyze critically the development, implementation and enforcement of contemporary policies of immigration border control while specifically paying attention to effects on the (perceived) legitimacy of the state and state actors as well as on the lived experiences of immigrant communities .
Identify and further explore a particular national or international subtheme related to the field of border criminologies and/or crimmigration and its relation to the wider societal context on the basis of the literature;
The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.
Mode of instruction
Other methods of instruction
Description: Interactive classes of 3 hours in which work group assignments and lecturing alternate
Number of (3 hour) instructions: 6
Names of instructors: Prof. dr. mr. Maartje van der Woude and Dr. Amalia Campos Delgado with potential additional guest lecturers
Required preparation by students: Reading the prescribed literature and making assignments
Portfolio of written assignments both made before and during class (50% of grade)
Paper (50% of grade)
Students have to pass all the aspects of the course (grade > 5,5) in time in order to get their final grade.
All grades only hold for the present academic year.
If the overall grade of the assignments is below 5,5 there is the opportunity to retake one of the assignments. If the grade for the paper is below 5,5 there is the option to retake the paper based on the received feedback.
Honours College Law students are required to write an extra assignment.
Turn it in (Brightspace) and hardcopy.
Obligatory course materials
Dario Melossi (newest edition), Crime, Punishment and Migration. Los Angeles: Sage.
Additional articles and chapters that will be distributed through Brightspace
Course information guide:
Will be distributed through Brightspace.
Exchange students can register through the online registration system of the International Office.
Students have to register for the lectures and working groups through uSis. With this registration you have access to the digital learning environment of this course in Brightspace. You may register up to 5 calendar days before the first teaching session begins.
Students have to register for exams and retakes through uSis. With this registration you also have access to the digital learning environment of this course in Brightspace You may register up to 10 calendar days before the exam or retake.
Coordinator: Prof. dr. mr. M.A.H. van der Woude
Work address: Steenschuur 25, room A 1.051
Contact information: Secretariat Van Vollenhoven Institute
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7260
Institute: Interdisciplinary Study of the Law
Department: Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society
Room number secretary: B1.14
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9.00 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 16.00
Telephone number secretary: +31 (0)71 527 7260