Crime among irregular immigrants and the influence of internal border control

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Crime among irregular immigrants and the influence of internal border control

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Crime among irregular immigrants and the influence of internal border control
Author: Leerkes, A.S.Engbersen, G.Leun, J.P. van der
Journal Title: Crime, Law and Social Change
Issue: 1
Volume: 58
Start Page: 15
End Page: 38
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Abstract Both the number of crime suspects without legal status and the number of irregular or undocumented immigrants held in detention facilities increased substantially in theNetherlands between 1997 and 2003. In this period, theDutch state increasingly attempted to exclude irregular immigrants from the formal labour market and public provisions. At the same time the registered crime among irregular migrants rose. The ‘marginalisation thesis’ asserts that a larger number of migrants have become involved in crime in response to a decrease in conventional life chances. Using police and administrative data, the present study takes four alternative interpretations into consideration based on: 1) reclassification of immigrant statuses by the state and redefinition of the law, 2) criminal migration and crossborder crime, 3) changes in policing, and 4) demographic changes. A combination of factors is found to have caused the rise in crime, but the marginalisation thesis still accounts for at least 28%. These findings accentuate the need for a more thorough discussion on the intended and unintended consequences of border control for immigrant crime.
Faculty: Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid; et al
Uri: urn:issn:09254994
ISSN: urn:issn:09254994
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/19405
 

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