Enlisting the Public in the Policing of Immigration

Ana Aliverti
2014 British Journal of Criminology  
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more » ... of record, if you wish to cite this item you are advised to consult the publisher's version. Please see the 'permanent WRAP url' above for details on accessing the published version and note that access may require a subscription. For more information, please contact the WRAP Abstract: As border policing is no longer circumscribed to external borders and increasingly performed inland, in Britain migration work relies on the assistance of a range of unorthodox partners, including the public. The unearthing of the 'community' as a crucial partner to police a myriad of public safety issues, including migration, begs the question of what are the implications of mobilizing citizenship for law enforcement? This paper argues that enlisting the public in migration law enforcement yields important civic by-products: it 'creates' citizens and citizenship. It imparts civic training by instilling a sense of civic responsibility in law and order maintenance, and in doing so it intends to recreate social cohesion across a deeply fragmented society. In May 2013, the Daily Mail reported that nine 'illegal immigrants' were caught climbing down a German food tanker all covered in flour (Sears, 2013) . The lorry was stationed on the hard shoulder on one stretch of the M26 near Kent, the main access road connecting mainland Britain to France via the Channel Tunnel. According to the report, the 'Middle Eastern fugitives' self-smuggled into Britain to the surprise of the lorry driver who claimed to be unaware of the extra load. The story was used by the British tabloid to highlight how easy it is for people to sneak into Britain without being caught and the leniency with which immigration offenders are treated by the Border Force once spotted. The newsworthiness of this story in my view lies, however, on another aspect: the involvement of passers-by in  Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom, email: a.aliverti@warwick.ac.uk. This paper benefited from the generous and insightful comments of many colleagues. I am particularly grateful to Alpa Parmar, Leanne Weber, Ben Bowling and two anonymous BJC reviewers.
doi:10.1093/bjc/azu102 fatcat:m5qskng5rzdyvhtobmzn2bk4fq