Migration, Crime and Citizenship: Interdisciplinary and Multi-Sited Research Approaches

Midterm conference WG ‘Immigration, Crime and Citizenship’ of the European Society of Criminology
Wednesday 22 Mar 2023, 10:00 - Thursday 23 Mar 2023, 22:00
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Erasmus University Rotterdam (rooms tba)
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Erasmus School of Law and the Working Group ‘Immigration, Citizenship and Crime’ of the European Society of Criminology welcome you at the conference on interdisciplinary and multi-sited research approaches in migration research. We are happy to present a very interesting program in which myriad research perspectives will be presented from a wide range of academic disciplines, geographical locations and research traditions. Hence, the conference aims to unite Migration, Crime and Citizenship scholars from different disciplines, geographical locations and research traditions across Europe to contribute to the criminology of mobility and to build bridges between insights and scholars in the migration domain. 

We hope to see you all at the campus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam on 22 and 23 March 2023 (Burgemeester oudlaan 50 in Rotterdam). 

Wednesday, March 22nd (Mandeville building – room T3-25) 

10:00 – 10:30 

Registration: walk in with coffee/tea 

10:30 – 10:45  

Opening by Prof. Dr. Rene van Swaaningen – Erasmus School of Law 

10:45 - 12.00 

Keynote lectures 


Dr. Amalia Campos-Delgado, Leiden University -Counter-mapping migration and re-imagining border enforcement 


Dr. Giulia Fabini, University of Bologna (Italy)  
Translocal bordering practices and the production of stratified membership in the Southern Europe: the case of Italy 

12:00 – 13:00 

Panel session 1: 

Panel 1: 



Tian Ma 

De Montfort University Leicester 

Crimmigration and Re-bordering in Post-hukou China 

Cristina Fernandez Bessa, Ana Ballesteros-Pena & J.A. Brandariz 

University of A Coruña 

The changing role of crimmigration and bordered penality in Spain 

Irina Fehr 

Tilburg University 

Criminal migration control at external EU borders in Croatia? Shifting the crimmigration perspective towards the criminalization of state practices 


13:00 – 14:00 

lunch – Mandeville building  

14:00 – 15:15 

Panel session 2: 

Panel 2: 

Immigration enforcement practices 


Lars Breuls 

Free University of Brussels 

Competing logics in the work of immigration officials 

Willemijn Bezemer  

Erasmus University Rotterdam  

Understanding the practice of ethnic profiling by analysing the role of police officers? coping styles and professional orientation 

Masja van Meeteren, Paul Mutsaers & Maartje van der Woude 

Radboud University 

A systematic literature review of academic research on ethnic profiling  

Jukka Könönen 

University of Helsinki 

Penal state or “police state”? Police powers in immigration enforcement 


15:15 – 15:45 

Coffee/tea break 

15:45 – 16:45 

Panel session 3: 

Panel 3: 

Experiences and violence in the immigration system 


Jasmien Bougrine 

Free University of Brussels 

Urban youths? Belonging (through encounters) in a superdiverse context 

Elena Casado-Patricio 

University of Málaga 

Crime prevention of unaccompanied foreign minors in street situation 

Abdessamad Bouabid & Richard Staring 

Erasmus University Rotterdam 

From personal to structural violence. A study of the experiences of violence of unaccompanied refugee minors in governmental shelters in the Netherlands 


16:45 – 18:00 

Panel session 4: 

Panel 4: 

The reception of asylum seekers 


Elena Carletti 

University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’ 

Migrant’s journey and reception system: between agency and structure 

Jill Stigter 

Erasmus University Rottterdam 

“We just want to live a life in dignity” A narrative analysis of the lived experiences from people-on-the-move with harm resulting from migration control practices in Greece and the EU 

Giuseppe Campesi 

University of Bari 

Navigating the Italian reception system. Rules and control in a negotiated order 

Desislava Dimitrova 

University of Málaga 

My feet are in the water 





Dinner at Verhalenhuis Belvedere, Rechthuislaan 1 in Rotterdam Costs: €30,- excluding drinks 

Verhalenhuis Belvédère is located in the oldest building in Rotterdam-Katendrecht (anno 1894), a neighborhood that is known for its migration history. It is a unique location with an authentic atmosphere and an illustrious history. From grand café and dance palace, cinema and wrestling arena to Greek saga, workhouse and neighborhood museum: many people have made their mark here. We call Belvédère the first 'house for immaterial heritage' in the Netherlands, a new, urban meeting place where we let Rotterdammers tell their stories and make their place and connection with the world visible and tangible.  


Thursday, March 23rd (Mandeville building – room T3-24) 


Running sightseeing (TBC) 😊 

08:30 – 9:30 

Panel session 5: 

Panel 5: 

Immigration detention practices 


Ana Ballesteros-Pena 

Complutense University of Madrid 

Transformations in the Spanish detention and containment archipelago: the case of the Canary Islands 

Monica Szulecka 

Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences 

Detention as a Forced Stop on the Way or Forced End of Cross-Border (Irregular) Mobility: Poland's Practice of Detaining Migrants 

Eleonora Celoria & Costanza Agnella 

University of Turin 

Shedding a light on asylum seekers detention in Italy: which role for legal clinic education? 


09:30 – 10:30 

Panel session 6: 

Panel 6: 

The everyday impact of immigration systems 


Gülce Safak Ӧzdemir 

Pompeu Fabra University 

A tale of a city of refuge: Opportunities and Challenges of Irregular migrants in Barcelona 

Jacqueline Carvalho da Silva 

University of Málaga 

Human smugglers or smuggled persons? An approach to the situation of youth accused of human smuggling in southern Spain 

Mieke Kox 

Erasmus University Rotterdam 

“I am just so tired of the law!” Understanding unauthorized migrants' legal consciousness 


10:30 – 11:00 

coffee/tea break 

11:00 – 12:00 

Panel session 7: 

Panel 7: 

EU, asylum seekers and legal challenges  


Agostina Pirello 

Utrecht University 

The role of European Union Agency for Asylum in Malta: asylum seekers in legal intersections 

Marco Gerbaudo & Maria Dellagiacoma 

Bocconi University 

No longer a crisis, still a prison: confinement in the hotspots as standard migration management 

Havva Yesil 

Dublin City University 

Compatibility of the EU-Turkey statement to EU law and international human rights law 


12:00 – 12:45 

Panel session 8: 

Panel 8: 

Migrant workers: rights and exploitation 


Ruben Timmerman 

Erasmus University Rotterdam 

Workers, not slaves: Exploring the limitations of an anti-trafficking approach to labour exploitation in Europe 

Magdalena Zabrocka 

University of Aberdeen 

Earning the Right to Belong? Citizenship by Investment through Human Rights Lenses 


12:45 – 13:45 


13:45 – 15:00 

Panel session 9: 

Panel 9: 

Punishment practices in the migration domain 


Elisa García-España 

University of Málaga 

Foreign youth in prison: Invisible population in the dynamics of social exclusion 

Ellen Vandennieuwenhuysen 

University of Antwerp 

The implementation of sentences of foreigners without a residence permit aimed at expulsion, a dangerous thing? 

Witold Klaus 

Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences 

Just and fair? Execution of the punishment in transnational justice procedures 

Jose A. Brandariz, Giulia Fabini, Cristina Fernández & Valeria Ferraris 

University of A Coruna 

Southern criminology meets border criminology: Dealing with diversity in the field of bordered penality 


15:00 – 15:30 

coffee/tea break  

15:30 – 16:30 

Panel session 10: 

Panel 10: 

Border control, power and technology 


Veronika Nagy 

Utrecht University 

Social Sorting in Europe: Self-censorship in a Digital Asylum 

Valeria Ferraris 

University of Turin 

Datafication of border control: the end of migrants agency or a future implementation failure? 

Michela Trinchese 

University of Salento 

Struggles over the borders of the international protection 


16:30 – 17:45 

Keynote lectures  


Dr. Drago Župarić-Iljić, University of Zagreb (Croatia) - Irregularization of mobility in the West Balkans: Physical and symbolic bordering. 


Prof. Dr. Richard Staring, Erasmus School of Law - Understanding fragmented journeys: moving beyond the dominant migrant-network approaches. 

17:45 – 18:00 

Closure by chairs of the ESC Working Group Immigration, Crime and Citizenship 

18:00 – 19:30 

Closing drinks at the Erasmus Pavilion (at the University Campus) 


Friday, March 24th (Rotterdam) 


Social program  

This event is supported by the small grants scheme of the research initiative on Rebalancing Public & Private Interests and Erasmus Center of Empirical Legal Studies of Erasmus School of Law and the sector plan for law funding of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research.  


More information

The conference will be held at Campus Woudestein of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Click here for more info on the campus including route and directions.

Hotel suggestions

Hotel Inntel

Citizen M Rotterdam

Ibis hotel Rotterdam Centrum

Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam


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