Security and Detention

Research on migration often focuses on how easily people integrate into new host societies or on changes in socioeconomic status and living conditions between the country of origin and country of destination. In contrast, there has been little consideration of zones of transit and transition between country of origin and final destination; that is, the remote and often tumultuous sites migrants travel to and through on their journeys to new locations. For example, islands are particular sites where struggles over migration, asylum, and sovereignty transpire and where federal mandates of national security and refugee protection intersect. The center’s research questions why particular islands become sites of migration management, how migrants arrive on islands, and what legal issues ensue. To supplement the lack of research in the area, findings will advance knowledge on global migration and contribute to contemporary debates about immigration, border enforcement, and asylum policies.  Research will address the need for new ways of understanding what happens to global migrants on their journeys between states, including the role of interception at sea, detention on islands, and human rights issues.


Highlighted Projects

Island Detention