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Hidden Away: Policies and Politics of Immigration Detention in Canada

This article appeared on the blog BORDER CRIMINOLOGIES: Foreigners in a Carceral Age (July'14). Click here to read the full piece, with the links >> Available at: http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk/hidden-away-canada

Serious questions have been raised about immigration detention practices in Canada and the violations of human rights occurring within the system. Highly secretive, with little in the way of public accountability, the immigration detention system has recently been prised open a little with the release of a report by the advocacy group End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN). This post examines some of the serious problems associated with, and concerns raised over, detention practices in Canada in light of (and beyond) the EIDN report.

protestposterThe Canadian state is one of a few liberal democracies in highly industrialized economies to use regular prisons to hold non-citizens in administrative detention despite recognized international human rights norms against the use of criminal facilities for functions related to immigration detention. As in the UK and Australia, there is no maximum period for which people can be detained. In 2011, a report prepared by University of Ottawa professor Delphine Nakache for the UN’s Refugee Agency criticized the Canadian state for its practices of holding immigration detainees in provincial jails in violation of international law.
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Constructive Anarchy: Building Infrastructures of Resistance

{2010, hardcover from Ashgate, now Routledge, 2013 edition}

Racism and Borders: Representation, Repression, Resistance

Now available from ALGORA Publishing....
(also $19.95 from Amazon.com)
Despite claims about globalization, we see increasing surveillance, tightened restrictions and growing punitive regimes at international borders.

This critical collection examines processes of racialization in relation to border regulations and restrictions. It analyses border controls, racism, and representations of race, within multinational contexts as aspects of neo-liberal governance. It also looks at means by which people resist or challenge racialization.

This collection uses the lenses of sociology, criminology, art, literary criticism and political science to critically examine varied processes of racialization, criminalization and resistance in relation to borders with reference to multi-national contexts in the current period.

Racial Profiling and Borders: International, Interdisciplinary Perspectives

See it at Vandeplas Publishing.

[Cover IMG: "Racial Profiling and Borders: International Interdisciplinary Perspectives"] Racial profiling and border security have become characteristic features of governance in Western liberal democracies during the twenty-first century. This new collection provides an important multi-national perspective on an issue of great and growing concern, particularly but not exclusively in the context of corporate globalization and neo-liberal governance.

Despite the growing significance of regimes of racial profiling, surveillance and tightened border controls in the post-9/11 period, there have been very few extended analyses of racial profiling in different eras and contexts, particularly at borders.

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