Mapping the Law of Irregular Migration
This conference seeks to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and geographical locations to discuss the ways in which states are increasingly attempting to control irregular immigration through novel legal and policy techniques.
Many states have moved beyond traditional means of law enforcement, such as criminalization, and have begun to employ other areas of law (such as administrative law and labor law) to control irregular immigration.
For example, the verification of legal residence status, by means of ID-controls, has become increasingly necessary in the day to day life of all people: citizens and non-citizens alike. Private citizens, and not government agents, are evolving into the primary enforcers of these policies, as they have been made legally responsible for the control of legal residence status, for example in the case of employment. These legal and policy instruments have sometimes been justified with reference to economic theories, such as 'attrition through enforcement', the broken window theory, and most recently 'self-deportation', and economic scholars have debated the (lack of) effectiveness of these policies. What is still absent, however, is a more rigorous analysis by legal and other social science scholars: a gap that this conference hopes to fill.