This spring, Fordham Press will publish the book “Crimmigrant Nations: Resurgent Nationalism and the Closing of Borders”.
The edited collection is co-edited by Professor of Law & Society Maartje van der Woude (Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden Law School) and part of her research project "Getting to the Core of Crimmigration" funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) through their VIDI scheme. Van der Woude edited the book together with her colleague Prof. Robert Koulish from the University of Maryland, where Van der Woude was visiting professor in 2016.
Crimmigrant Nations is a collection of chapters by renowned scholars from the United States, Europe and beyond who are all interested in exploring the dynamics of the growing merger of – the discourse on - crime control and migration control. As the distinction between domestic and international is increasingly blurred along with the line between internal and external borders, migrants―particularly people of color―have become emblematic of the hybrid threat both to national security and sovereignty and to safety and order inside the state. From building walls and fences, overcrowding detention facilities, and beefing up border policing and border controls, a new narrative has arrived that migrants assume the risk for government-sponsored degradation, misery, and death. Crimmigrant Nations examines the parallel rise of anti-immigrant sentiment and right-wing populism in both the United States and Europe to offer an unprecedented look at this issue on an international level.