CfP: Crimmigration Conference in Portugal

Call for Papers

Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies presents: 1st Annual Crimmigration Control Conference

11-12 October 2012 in Coimbra, Portugal

Researchers, graduate students and practitioners working in the field of crime (control) and migration are invited to participate in the 1st Crimmigration Control Conference, a two-day conference to be held at the Universidade de Coimbra on the 11th and 12th of October 2012.

Over the past years, various authors have shown that migration policy and criminal law have increasingly become merged, mainly in the United States. Stumpf (2006) who has coined the term ‘crimmigration’, observes how immigration violations are increasingly addressed as criminal offenses. This label has spurred a vivid debate across nations and disciplines. At the same time, immigration law is also increasingly used as an instrument of crime control: rather than being rehabilitated and re-integrated in the country of residence, non-citizen criminals may lose their residence permits, in order to be excluded from the territory with the help of immigration law. There is evidence showing that ‘crimmigration’ is not limited to the US, but that this fairly new phenomenon is also present within Europe. Rising rates of immigration detention, an increase in the number of declared ‘undesirable foreigners’ and the criminalization of irregularity/illegality are some examples that seem to be in line with the crimmigration trend.

Strongly related to the crimmigration trend is the development of a political and public discourse in which immigrants are increasingly seen and addressed as ‘dangerous others’, comparable to criminals. Although this ‘othering’ or framing of immigrants as a potential dangerous group dates back to the late nineties, the post 9/11 global war on terror and the rise of the security state seem to have intensified this negative stereotyping of immigrants. These developments have not left the field of policing and law enforcement untouched: recently various NGO’s have reported an increase in police-initiated action determined by race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on the behavior of an individual or on objective information leading the police to a particular individual who has been identified as being, or having been, engaged in criminal activity. Whereas there is ample empirical evidence underlining the crimmigration trend, research into the practice of ethnic/race/nationality profiling as a possible (un)intended result of crimmigration is still scarce.

Besides raising questions on the legitimacy of the use of criminal law (and criminal law-like) instruments to control migration, and immigration law instruments to control crime, this conference aims to address questions on the extent, the process and rationale of crimmigration. In doing so, this conference will not only focus on abstract theoretical notions that have been claimed to explain the crimmigration trend, but also on the practical implications and (un)intended consequences of crimmigration in the field of law enforcement. For this first conference of the Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies we aim to bring together leading academics and junior scholars as well as practitioners from around the world who are interested in immigration issues and related areas, from a legal, sociological and interdisciplinary perspective.

We are especially delighted to have in this First Conference two keynote speakers who are leading scholars in the field of crimmigration control: Juliet Stumpf (Lewis & Clark Law School) and Doris Marie Provine (Arizona State University).


Presentations must follow one of two formats: Oral or Written. All participants must be registered in the event, and the registration of at least one of the authors is mandatory in submissions with more than one author. Authors must send in their proposals by July 15th 2012. When making your submission, you should clearly indicate in which thematic workshop your paper and presentation fit best. Since only a limited number of papers per workshop can be accept, after the submission deadline the conference committee will be responsible for the selection and each contributor will be notified as soon as possible but no later than August 15th 2012. Selected authors will have their presentations published in the Congress Proceedings and will receive participation certificates in that quality. The conference proceedings (papers and plenary sessions) will be published in a book to be presented during next year’s Crimmigration Control conference. Attendees will be responsible for their own funding.


the central theme will be Crimmigration as a form of social control in general. Specifically, the conference will be organized around four targeted thematic workshops each based on a common topic. The four themes of the workshops are:

W 1 – Crimmigration: States vs. Immigrants
W 2 – Irregular/Illegal Immigration in the 21st century W 3 – Justice and Social Control
W 4 – Discourses of Fear

Abstract and Paper Submission Requirements

Abstracts must follow narrative format with 500 words, and the selection of a Topic Area and a Presentation Format (oral or written) is mandatory. Abstracts must include the author(s) identification, professional or academic affiliation (whenever applied) and contacts. Additionally, abstracts must comply with the following authoring guidelines:

1- Title, with a maximum of 100 characters (including spaces)/approximately 10 words;

2 – Three to five keywords arranged according to the relevance of their content in the presentation;

3- A brief description of the presentation goals, its theoretical framework, methodology, main conclusions and bibliographical references;

Research papers should include objectives, hypotheses and methodological procedures, namely data collection dates, participants, research techniques and main results.

Presentation Requirements (Oral or Written)

Presentations can be carried out in one of the two official languages of the Congress, Portuguese or English, and they most follow one of two proposed formats:

In order to participate, authors must submit their abstracts before July 15th, 2012. Abstracts must be written in the Congress official languages, Portuguese or English. Submissions should report original still unpublished work. Contributions that contribute to the theory or practice of any aspect of crimmigration and crime control are welcomed. This includes for example theoretical papers, practice case studies, empirical evaluation and methodological work.

A – Oral Presentations will last for 15 minutes and participants will have access to a video projector and a computer.

B – Written Communications must include:

  1. Title;
  2. Name of the author(s);
  3. Institution/affiliation;
  4. Key-words;
    Bibliographical references.

C- Written Communications must have a maximum of 30 pages in A4 Word format (around 100000 caracters), Calibri, size 11, line spacing of 1,5 lines and 3 cm margins.

Abstracts can be sent here:


  • Abstracts due: 15th July 2012
  • Admissions notification: 15 August 2012
  • Final Papers due: 1st September 2012
  • Conference: 11th – 12th October 2012


Faculty of Economics, Universidade de Coimbra

Fees: Students, NGO (2 days): 45€; Students, NGO (1 day): 30€; Delegate (2 days): 75€ Delegate (1 day): 50€ Dinner: posted soon


CINETS – Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies Institute for Crimminal Law and Criminology, Leiden University

Ius Gentium Conimbrigae, Centre of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra: PhD Doctorate Program “Law, Justice and Citizenship in the XXI Century”


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Join us for two exciting days of formal and informal discussions about one of the most intriguing and challenging issues in today’s world!

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