Criminalising People Smuggling: Preventing or Globalising Harm?
The Routledge Handbook of Transnational Organized Crime, F. Allum & S. Gilmour (Eds), pp 379-390.
Posted: 7 Nov 2014
Date Written: 2011
The unprecedented demand to cross borders is an ongoing challenge for developed states. In this chapter we argue that attempts to selectively prohibit transnational movements against a backdrop of continued pressure for cross border mobility has produced a range of damaging outcomes for both illegalized travellers and the state. Focusing on policies aimed at preventing the arrival of forced migrants to Australia, we identify the iatrogenic effects of prohibitionist border policies, and question whether transnational cooperation against people smuggling is preventing or globalizing harm.
Keywords: border control, people smuggling, border harm, transnational harm
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