Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives

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David Kyle, Rey Koslowski
JHU Press, May 11, 2001 - Political Science - 374 pages
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During the past decade, human smuggling across national borders grew from a low-level border crossing activity in a handful of countries to a diverse multibillion dollar business spanning the entire globe. New laws in several states, the creation and expansion of new enforcement and management agencies with enormous budgets, and multilateral programs around the world are currently being developed to combat human smuggling. But how well do we understand it? This volume explores the global dimensions of human smuggling in several forms and regions, examining its deep social, economic, and cultural roots and its broad political consequences.

Part I discusses the sociohistorical context and contemporary diversity of human smuggling of migrants, asylum-seekers, and those who are tricked into slavery, including the conflicting role of states and corrupt state officials as contributing to the problem. In Part II, the authors present high profile case studies that include U.S.-Mexican border smuggling, the international business of trafficking women from the former Soviet Union, and the origins and social organization of human smuggling as a global business from China and Southeast Asia. In Part III, contributors examine the politics of human smuggling, looking more closely at the legal construction of victimized women trafficked into slavery, the social construction of smuggled immigrants as threats to the social order, and the sanctioning of unauthorized employment of illegal immigrants.

Contributors: Peter Andreas, Reed College Ko-Lin Chin, Rutgers University, Newark John Dale, University of California, Davis Nora Demleitner, St. Mary's University James O. Finckenauer, National Institute of Justice H. Richard Friman, Marquette University Khalid Koser, University College, London Rey Koslowski, Rutgers University, Newark Peter Kwong, Hunter College David Kyle, University of California, Davis Zai Liang, City University of New York Mark J. Miller, University of Delaware Eileen Scully, Princeton University David Spener, Trinity University Wenzhen Ye, Xiamen University

  

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Contents

parti Historical and Conceptual Approaches
27
The Smuggling of Asylum Seekers into Western
58
The Transformation of Migrant Smuggling
107
Mexico Russia and China
127
Russian Transnational Organized Crime
166
Understanding the
187
The Social Organization of Chinese Human
216
Impact of Chinese Human Smuggling
235
The Politics of Human Smuggling
255
Immigrants Smuggling and Threats to Social
294
The Sanctioning of Unauthorized Migration
318
Economic Globalization Human Smuggling
337
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David Kyle is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis. Rey Koslowski is an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark.

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