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European Journal of Criminology
Giulia Fabini
Date of Publication: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017

This article interrogates whether a crimigration frame could be used to assess immigration control in Italy. It argues that even if crimMigration laws are similar across European countries, the outcomes of European border control depend on the local context. It looks at the interaction between police, judges, and migrants at the internal borders in Bologna, Italy. The article is based on quantitative data (analysis of case files on pre-removal detention in Bologna’s detention centre) and qualitative data (one-to-one in-depth interviews with migrants and justices of the peace, and participant observation). The case study focuses on ‘differential inclusion’ of undocumented migrants informally allowed to remain in the Italian territory. Police manage illegality rather than enforcing removals, using selective non-enforcement of imMigration laws as effectively as enforcement itself. The article’s main hypoResearch Report is that, at the local level, the production of borders works as a provisional admission Policy to include undocumented migrants, though in a subordinated position

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