Criminal Migrants in Limbo

10 February 2020
Residence of the Consul General of the Netherlands
19:00 - 20:30
lecture in Saint-Petersburg
About the lecture
Lecture will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Russian
States increasingly deem criminal migrants personae non grata. Former Nazis are stripped of their citizenship. Alleged war criminals and terrorists are excluded from refugee protection and passports of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq are cancelled. At the same time, governments are ever more confronted with hurdles in deporting undesirable immigrants. Practical obstacles or human rights standards may prevent removal, leaving the Undesirable but Unremovable immigrant in a state of limbo.

States adopt different strategies to deal with these criminal migrants in limbo, ranging from expelling them irrespective of the potential for human rights violations, to negotiating bilateral memoranda of understanding with countries of origin, long term detention and relocation to third countries. At times undesirable individuals are like "hot potatoes" sent from one country to another, without any country accepting responsibility.

In this presentation the lecturer will argue that the phenomenon of "undesirable and unremovable immigrants in limbo" is on the rise. He will sketch the historical context, describe which different groups end up in limbo, depict their lives and discusses past and present policy responses in dealing with limbo-situations. Information is obtained by means of an analysis of available academic literature, case law, media coverage and interviews with practitioners and immigrants.
Joris van Wijk
Joris van Wijk is an Associate Professor at the Law Faculty's Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU Amsterdam. In 2007, he published his PhD research Luanda-Holanda on irregular asylum migration from Angola to the Netherlands. Next to his academic career, Joris has been working for the International Organization for Migration and as an independent policy advisor. He has been a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court and a visiting scholar at Oslo University and University of Melbourne.

Joris conducts research in the programme Empirical and normative studies, directs the master programme International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology and co-directs the Centre for International Criminal Justice (CICJ). He supervises the Escaping Justice Project and co-supervises the When Justice is Done Project. His research interests lie at the crossroads of criminology, international criminal justice and (irregular) (asylum) migration. He mainly applies a qualitative mixed methods approach. His main expertise concerns issues related to criminology, international criminal law, human trafficking- and smuggling, asylum, terrorism and temporary migration.
Monday, 10 February 2019, 19:00
Residence of the Consul General of the Netherlands
in Saint-Petersburg

The English Embankment 12, Residence of the Consul General, Saint-Petersburg, 190000
Registration is closed
The lecture is organised in cooperation with
the Consulate General of the Netherlands
in Saint-Petersburg

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