Crimmigration in Australia

Law, Politics, and Society

  • Peter Billings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Crimmigration Law: Context and Critique

  3. Crimmigration Law, Policy and Praxis: Indignity and Injustice?

  4. Deterring ‘Irregular’ Migration: Over-Criminalisation and Beyond International Law?

  5. Crimmigration Control: Tools, Trappings and Technologies

About this book


This multidisciplinary book introduces readers to original perspectives on crimmigration that foster holistic, contextual, and critical appreciation of the concept in Australia and its individual consequences and broader effects. This collection draws together contributions from nationally and internationally respected legal scholars and social scientists united by common and overlapping interests, who identify, critique, and reimagine crimmigration law and practice in Australia, and thereby advance understanding of this important field of inquiry.

Specifically, crimmigration is addressed and analysed from a variety of standpoints, including: criminal law/justice; administrative law/justice; immigration law; international law; sociology of law; legal history feminist theory, settler colonialism, and political sociology. The book aims to:

  • explore the historical antecedents of contemporary crimmigration and continuities with the past in Australia
  • reveal the forces driving crimmigration and explain its relationship to border securitisation in Australia
  • identify and examine the different facets of crimmigration, comprising: the substantive overlaps between criminal and immigration law; crimmigration processes; investigative techniques, surveillance strategies, and law enforcement agents, institutions and practices
  • uncover the impacts of crimmigration law and practice upon the human rights and interests of non-citizens and their families.
  • analyse crimmigration from assorted critical standpoints; including settler colonialism, race and feminist perspectives

 By focusing upon these issues, the book provides an interconnected collection of chapters with a cohesive narrative, notwithstanding that contributors approach the themes and specific issues from different theoretical and critical standpoints, and employ a range of research methods.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Billings
    • 1
  1. 1.TC Beirne School of LawThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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