Impediments to the expulsion of migrants suspected or convicted of serious criminality pose an increasing challenge for public policy in both the national and international spheres. These obstacles can be ‘practical’, such as the lack of means to send the person to their country of origin, or ‘legal’ in nature, as where human rights standards prevent removal. However, even though such cases appear comparatively few in number, they tend to attract significant public interest due to the real concerns that they generate for State migration control, the integrity of the institution of asylum, the role of human rights in contemporary society, and the bringing to justice of perpetrators of serious crimes.
These challenges raise formidable empirical and theoretical questions for refugee, criminal and human rights law which, despite their pressing contemporary relevance, have thus far received minimal scholarly attention. By providing a forum for advancing thinking on these topics, the ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable?’ conference seeks to integrate a wide range of participants to address these issues in a comparative international perspective from the standpoint of both legal and non-legal disciplines.
Registration for the conference on ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable’ migrants in London on 25-26 January has opened. You can register here.