Sharon Pickering



Transnational Crime and Refugee Protection

This article briefly observes the meshing of forced migration and transnational organized crime. It examines two predominant narratives of transnational organized crime in relation to refugee protection and considers the extent to which such narratives obfuscate a range of important trends in relation to discourses of rights, changing conditions of sovereignty, and deterritorialized policing practices. It concludes by arguing that the discursive (and otherwise) intertwining of transnational organized crime and refugee protection has the direct consequence of us knowing less about the causes of forced migration and possible long-term solutions, and further delegitimates an already imprecise and opportunistic categorization of transnational organized crime.

transnational crime, refugees, asylum seekers, statecraft

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 34, No. 2 (2007): 47-61