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Refugees and State Crime


In the aftermath of World War II, the countries of the world signed on for a Convention giving rights and safeguards to refugees. Being a refugee involved discussion of human rights and protection. Sharon Pickering documents how this has changed. Refugees and asylum seekers are dressed in the clothes of criminals, and national sovereignty has become the focus of the response of the Global North to forced migration. Pickering adopts a State Crime framework, emerging out of a critique of law and order refugee politics, to explain policy responses. The roles of the administration, the justice system, and the media are analysed to highlight the discourses of criminality. She shows how the spectacle of the refugee as criminal allied to the rise of transnational policing, has led to the opening up of extra-territorial, extra-legal spaces, how contradictions have emerged as to national "borders," and how the rule of law has been debased. Hide synopsis

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