Introduction to the Special Issue: Migration, Vulnerability and Violence


The contributions to this special issue within this double issue tackle some of the pressing, contemporary issues across the migration landscape. Paying attention to stratifying factors including race, gender and class, the six articles that make up this special issue critically analyse migrant vulnerability as well as resilience and resistance. Adopting different theoretical and methodological approaches, they engage with a variety of contexts and geographical sites (Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom [UK]). The collection cuts across various disciplines but retains a strong commitment to uncovering the violence of denial, exclusion and deprivation while at the same time making visible migrant struggles and lived experiences.


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Published: 2020-08-05
Pages:1 to 4
Section:Guest Editorial: Migration, Vulnerability and Violence
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How to Cite
Bhatia, M., Lousley, G. and Turnbull, S. (2020) “Introduction to the Special Issue: Migration, Vulnerability and Violence”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 9(3), pp. 1-4. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v9i3.1631.

Author Biographies

Birkbeck, University of London
 United Kingdom

Monish Bhatia is a Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck, University of London. He has worked for over a decade on rights of people seeking asylum, and is a member of the Scottish Refugee Council and Right to Remain boards. In 2015, he won a Carnegie Trust grant to study destitution, drug use and ‘crimes’ among asylum seekers. In 2012–15, Monish was a co-coordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, and editor of its Justice, Power and Resistance journal. He co-edited Media, Crime and Racism (Palgrave, 2018) and Minorities, Crime and (In) justice (Justice, Power and Resistance journal, 2018).

Birkbeck, University of London
 United Kingdom

Gemma Lousley is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology at Birkbeck, University of London. Her Thesis explores the ways in which racialised narratives about 'unwanted' migrants are seeping into sentencing hearings, and are being mobilised as part of the construction and negotiation of unwanted migrants' punishability. She is also the Policy and Research Coordinator (Detention) at Women for Refugee Women, a charity which works with women seeking asylum in the UK to challenge the injustices of the asylum system.

University of Waterloo

Sarah Turnbull is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo (Canada). She is currently completing a research project examining immigration detention and deportation in the United Kingdom, with specific focus on the experiences of confinement and removal in relation to affective issues of home, belonging, and identity in contemporary Britain.