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Jelmer Brouwer

Guset Staff Member

J. Brouwer MSc E.MA
+31 71 527 7528

Since September 2013 Jelmer Brouwer is working as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden University.

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Since September 2013 Jelmer Brouwer is working as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden University.

Jelmer Brouwer holds a Bachelor in Criminology from Leiden University (2010). During his bachelor he spent one semester at the American University in Washington, DC. In 2012 he completed a Master in International Crimes and Criminology from VU University Amsterdam. For his  master thesis, which won the VU Criminology thesis award, he conducted six months of fieldwork on ethnic conflict in Southeast Burma/Myanmar. He subsequently obtained the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (2013), for which he studied one semester in Venice (Italy) and one semester in Montpellier (France). 


Title research: Crimmigration Unravelled: An Interdisciplinary study into the legitimacy, accountability and effectiveness of immigration control.

Since September 2013 he is working as a PhD-candidate at the Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology at Leiden University. His multidisciplinary research focusses on the intersection of crime and migration (crimmigration) and human rights, and takes place within the research program  Criminal Justice: Legitimacy, Accountability and Effectivity. His dissertation consist of two parts, both based on extensive qualitative empirical fieldwork.

The first half is part of the larger research project ‘Crimmigration and discretionary decision-making in EU border areas’, conducted jointly with one junior and two senior researchers of the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology of the Leiden Law School. Based on 800 hours of observational study and 15 focus group interviews with border police officers, he aims to identify how belief systems and perceptions influence and shape the decisions made by individual officers involved in the policing of the Dutch internal borders, and how this drives the crimmigration process. Besides, based on 168 survey interviews with citizens that have been stopped during these controls, he studies how these controls are perceived by those subjected to them and what this means for its legitimacy.

The second part of his dissertation focusses on the only all-foreign national prison in the Netherlands, where migration staff is supposed to ensure immediate deportation after prisoners have served their sentence. Based on interviews with migration staff, prison staff and foreign national prisoners awaiting deportation, the study will provide insight in crimmigration processes in penal institutions and the effects this has on foreign national prisoners.

He is co-founder of the division ‘migration and crime’ of the Dutch Association for Criminology.

Guset Staff Member

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Strafrecht & Criminologie
  • Criminologie

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number Flex



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