Afghanistan: sent back to a war zone

Afghanistan: sent back to a war zone (Petersmann 2017) Petersmann, Sandra. 2017. “Afghanistan: Sent back to a War Zone.” DW News, May 31. http://www.dw.com/en/afghanistan-sent-back-to-a-war-zone/a-39055955. Sandra Petersmann of DW News interviews Afghan deportees from Germany.  In the first two months of 2017, Germany denied more than half of all asylum applications.  Many of these deportees struggle in reintegrating into their countries of origin and continue to seek a route to return to Germany, where they have established strong ties.

Voluntary and Forced Returns to Afghanistan in 2016/17: Trends, statistics and experiences

Voluntary and Forced Returns to Afghanistan in 2016/17: Trends, statistics and experiences (Thomas Ruttig & Jelena Bjelica, Afghanistan Analysts Network, May 2017)   While hundreds of thousands of Afghans sought protection in Europe throughout 2015/16, an increasing number have been returning to Afghanistan, both voluntarily and involuntarily. The number of voluntary returnees from Europe picked up significantly throughout 2016, with additional returns in the first four months of 2017, reaching a total figure of over 8,000. By contrast, the number Read More

Separated Families: Barriers to Family Reunification After Deportation

Separated Families: Barriers to Family Reunification After Deportation (Deborah A. Boehm, Journal on Migration and Human Security, 2017) This paper outlines the complexities — and unlikelihood — of keeping families together when facing, or in the aftermath of deportation. After discussing the context that limits or prevents reunification among immigrant families more generally, I outline several of the particular ways that families are divided when a member is deported. Drawing on case studies from longitudinal ethnographic research in Mexico and Read More

Trauma and Psychological Distress in Latino Citizen Children Following Parental Detention and Deportation

Trauma and Psychological Distress in Latino Citizen Children Following Parental Detention and Deportation (Lisseth Rojas-Flores, Mari L. Clements, J. Hwang Koo, and Judy London, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol 9(3), May 2017 The mental health impact of parental detention and deportation on citizen children is a topic of increasing concern. Forced parent– child separation and parental loss are potentially traumatic events (PTEs) with adverse effects on children’s mental health. Objective: This study examines posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and Read More

The Wrongs of Unlawful Immigration

The Wrongs of Unlawful Immigration (Ana Aliverti, Criminal Law and Philosophy, Vol, 11, Issue 2, pp 375–391, June 2017) For too long, criminal law scholars overlooked immigration-based offences. Claims that these offences are not ‘true crimes’ or are a ‘mere camouflage’ to pursue non-criminal law aims deflect attention from questions concerning the limits of criminalization and leave unchallenged contradictions at the heart of criminal law theory. My purpose in this paper is to examine these offences through some of the basic tenets of Read More