ABSTRACT

This chapter shows the specific contextual and cultural dynamics underpinning the notion of the crimmigrant other. The control of the crimmigrant other has profound social consequences and creates a number of paradoxes. Although “hard-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside” approaches may, at the outset, enjoy a considerable degree of public and political support, the boundaries between the “inside” and “outside” are far from clear in increasingly diverse societies. The remarkable growth of Trandum and the Police Immigration Unit is symptomatic of the development towards what might be termed crimmigration control in Norway. In Norway, as in many other Western European countries, the notion of the criminal foreigner has frequently been applied to Eastern European citizens. The “usual suspects” are often citizens of Romania, Lithuania, Poland, or other Eastern European countries. Penal power is used as a marker of belonging and as a means of policing the boundaries of membership in contemporary Europe.