Critical Criminology

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 459–462 | Cite as

Ruben Andersson: Illegality Inc.: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe

University of California Press, Oakland, California, 2014, 360 pp
  • Raymond Michalowski
Book Review

Illegality, Inc. tells a powerful story about Europe’s “immigration industry” as it produces, processes and profits from both successful and failed immigration along the shifting migrant corridors linking western Africa to Spain. Andersson blends the sharp eye of the ethnographer, the narrative skills of a novelist, and the insights of a policy analyst into a narrative that is both captivating and thoughtful. On the book’s pages the reader meets a varied cast, from failed irregular immigrants (clandestins), to representatives of Frontex officialdom, to African border police, to European aid workers, to the “captains” of migrant-laden Zodiac boats, and many others. As an anthropologist and ethnographer, Andersson lets us listen in on the conversations and imagine the sensual reality of those who work in, are illegalized by, or who, like journalists, NGO workers, and immigration scholars, feed on the human tragedies wrought by Europe’s immigration industry.

Andersson’s narrative is...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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