Beyond Convergence: Irregular migration and transnational crime

Date/Time: 18/03/2021  15:00 - 16:00

As part of the launch of the upcoming issue of Public Anthropologist, we welcome you to join Luigi Achilli (EUI – Florence) and Gabriella Sanchez (DIIS – Copenhagen) for a webinar discussion about irregular migration and transnational crime and claims about their increasing convergence.

This webinar will be held via Zoom on Thursday 18 March at 15:00 (CET).

The claim that organized crime actors – from migrant smugglers to drug traffickers to terrorists – are increasingly coming together to bypass, corrupt, and subvert state controls designed to counter irregular migration is not new. Despite its lack of empirical backing and its implications on the lives of the people it designates as criminal – often racialized men from the global south – the notion of convergence remains at the core of policy debates on humanitarianism, migration enforcement and border control.

In this webinar, we will explore how analyses critical of the ways in which race, class and gender are mobilized in organized crime and migration research and discourse can provide an evidence-based, counter-narrative of criminal convergence and better inform policy making.

Please register for the Zoom webinar here. This is a free online event organized by the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. We look forward to you joining us for this topical discussion.

Luigi Achilli

Luigi is a Visiting Scholar with the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Florence).

 Gabriella Sanchez

Gabriella is a Senior Researcher with the Migration and Global Order Unit at the Danish Institute for International Studies (Copenhagen).


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