Starting next week Border Criminologies will be taking a break during the holiday season. We will resume activity on the 5th of January 2015. In the meantime, we leave you here Border Criminologies 10 most popular posts of 2014, organised by date, not ranking. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

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The Shifting Landscape of the Canadian Border and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion The world’s longest undefended border is fortified through legal agreements and technologies that bolster security, restrict migration, and expand surveillance. 

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Stateless Terrorists: Citizenship in an Age of Risk Given the hardship that statelessness entails, why has the Home Secretary pursued the policy so obstinately? (...) Does the security logic withstand scrutiny when considered from a more theoretical standpoint?

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A Place of Greater Safety: The Prosecution of Refugees for Passport Offences There was no safety net for the Syrian man  prosecuted for arriving at Gatwick airport with a false passport. Like the vast majority of these cases, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment. While he was in prison, the Home Office recognised him as a refugee. 15 years after assurances made in Parliament and 16-18 years since these cases were first highlighted, these wrongful prosecutions persist.

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IRC Verne: The UK’s Newest Immigration Removal Centre But there’s a buzz in the air. A discussion is beginning in Weymouth to make sense of the imminent presence of 100s of foreigners, locked up off the coast of this small and friendly town.

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What Does a Woman Need to Know Before her Asylum Interview? Why Refugee Women launched a campaign to improve decision-making in the Home Office to reduce the culture of disbelief and increased volumes of refused asylum cases. 

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The New British Immigration Bill: What’s In and What’s Out? Amid protests by several MPs and civil rights groups that the bill has been hastily taken through Parliament without much debate and that the measures introduced are ill-suited to achieve the goals, the new bill seems well on its way to pass into the statute book.

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But What about Trafficking? As a sex work researcher, I’m frequently confronted with the very frustrating assumption that sex work and sex trafficking are one and the same. What does the interest in sex trafficking reveal about the complicated relationship between feminism, racism, immigration, and border control?

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The UK Immigration Act 2014 Last Minute Amendments. Too Little, Too Late? The Act is a draconian piece of legislation. Attempting to make life harder for undocumented migrants, politicians have chosen to punish an already vulnerable group, turning a blind eye to the suffering that the new Act is likely to cause.

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Comparing the Detention of Asylum Seekers in the UK and the US Discrepancies in media coverage and public opinion have made me interested in the question of the differential treatment of asylum seekers in the US and the UK, particularly with respect to detention practices.

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R (Detention Action) v SSHD: A (Partial) Victory Against Detained Fast Track The speedy determination of claims is only in the interests of refugees if it doesn’t come at the cost of fairness―a fairness that is not, and perhaps cannot, be ensured by the detained fast track procedure.