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, Dr Luigi Achilli (European University Institute) and Dr Alice Massari (University of Copenhagen) lead a discussion about irregular migration and transnational crime and claims about their increasing convergence.

This webinar was 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.

This webinar explores 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.

This was a free online event organized by the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.

Dr Luigi Achilli

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

Dr Alice Massari

Alice is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen.



*Unfortunately Gabriella Sanchez was not able to join us for this webinar discussion. We would like to thank Gabriella for her contributions in arranging this webinar.

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