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Sonics of Crimmigration in Australia: Wall of Noise and Quiet Manoeuvring

NCJ Number
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 52 Issue: 2 Dated: March 2012 Pages: 324-344
Michael Welch
Date Published
March 2012
21 pages
This paper explores crime and immigration in Australia.
Further exploring moral panic, Cohen points out that claims-making can range from loud to quiet. That phenomenon is particularly evident within the merging of crime and immigration control (or crimmigration). This project focuses on Australia, where claims-making on asylum seekers contains both loud panic as well as quiet manoeuvring by the state, including such tactics as stonewalling, privatization and offshore detention. In pursuit of a nuanced interpretation of crimmigration, the analysis sorts out key legal and human rights alongside a recent High Court ruling on the processing of asylum seekers. (Published Abstract)