The Rise of Crimmigration in Australia: Importing Laws and Exporting Lives

  • Khanh Hoang


This chapter traces the rise of an aspect of crimmigration—the entwining of criminal and migration laws—in Australia: the removal of non-citizens on ‘character’ grounds. Changes to laws and policies in 2014–2015 have increased powers for the identification and removal of non-citizens who engage in, or are suspected of engaging in, criminal conduct. The Australian Government has argued that the new laws are necessary to remove individuals who are deemed a ‘risk’ to public safety. This chapter questions this risk management approach. Drawing upon the experience of the United States, and through a case study of the effect of the new regime on New Zealand permanent residents, I argue that this approach is akin to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.


Crimmigration Migration policy Immigration policy Visa cancellation 


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  • Khanh Hoang
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  1. 1.ANU College of LawAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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