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In the globalized world an extensive process of international migration has developed. The resulting conundrum of issues when examining crime and migration makes for a bitterly complex and intriguing set of debates.

In this compelling account, Dario Melossi provides an authoritative take on the theory and research examining the connection of crime, migration and punishment. Through a socio-historical and criminological approach, he shows that the core questions of migrants' criminal behaviour are tightly related to the rules and practices of migrants' reception within the various countries' social and normative structures.

Written for students, academics, researchers and activists with an interest in the topic, the book will appeal to individuals in a range of disciplines, from criminology and sociology to politics, international relations, ethnic studies, geography, social policy and development.

Compact Criminology is an exciting series that invigorates and challenges the international field of criminology.

Books in the series are short, authoritative, innovative assessments of emerging issues in criminology and criminal justice – offering critical, accessible introductions to important topics. They take a global rather than a narrowly national approach. Eminently readable and first-rate in quality, each book is written by a leading specialist.

Compact Criminology provides a new type of tool for teaching, learning and research, one that is flexible and light on its feet. The series addresses fundamental needs in the growing and increasingly differentiated field of criminology.


In the fifth edition of his famous work Criminal Man, Cesare Lombroso wrote, “Recent statistics for the United States […] document high rates of crime in states with large number of immigrants, especially from Italy and Ireland. Out of 49,000 arrests in New York, 32,000 were immigrants” (Lombroso 1896–7: 316–17). As was often the case with Cesare Lombroso, his was a hotchpotch of insight and commonplace, where he succeeded in expressing the common fear and stereotypes of the public of his age under the pretence of giving them a rigorous “scientific” form. Actually, the view that associates mobility and danger is a view that goes back to the primordial period of civilization, when Greeks feared the “barbarians” who would inhabit the lands beyond their ...

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