Control of Migrants

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The (penal) Control of Migrants in the Context of the Crisis: Analysis of the Spanish Case

Jose Angel Brandariz Garcia, from the University of A Coruña, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Crime and Society,” under the title “The (penal) Control of Migrants in the Context of the Crisis: Analysis of the Spanish Case”. Here is the abstract: Penal control of migrants, in Spain, but also in other countries, has demonstrated a complex interplay between neoliberal and sovereign rationales of control throughout the first decade of the century. However, this domain of penal control should be reviewed in the context of the crisis. Indeed, in the Spanish case the control of irregular migrants has incorporated a set of innovations in recent years. Some of them, such as the readjustment of the deportation system, can be understood from a neoliberal insight. Others, such as changes in policing in this realm, have a more hybrid profile, where neo-liberal features encounter sovereign trends. Therefore, the context of the crisis requires a new analysis of the hybridization between neoliberal and sovereign devices of control in the area of irregular migration.

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  • “The (penal) Control of Migrants in the Context of the Crisis: Analysis of the Spanish Case”, by Jose Angel Brandariz Garcia (Proceedings)

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