This research and knowledge-exchange project explores law, policy and practices surrounding the reporting of crime by irregular migrants in the USA and four European countries (Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands); and assesses the legal and political “replicability” of relevant experiences from the USA in European contexts.
The project focuses on national and local “firewall” measures allowing “safe reporting” for victims or witnesses with irregular migration status (i.e. measures enabling irregular migrants to report crime without exposing themselves to immigration enforcement).
The project ultimately aims to:
The ‘safe reporting project’ produced five “country reports” outlining the legal and policy frameworks surrounding “safe reporting” in Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the USA. The report for the USA will also explore the legal and political conditions that allowed the adoption of “sanctuary policies” in the cities of New York and San Francisco.
The reports were presented at a round table (Brussels, October 2019) where US and European stakeholders, including representatives of national governments, EU institutions, local authorities, law enforcement, academia and civil society discussed challenges related to “safe reporting”, any best-practices identified in the reports, and their potential of replication.
For more information on the ‘safe reporting’ projects, please contact Senior Researcher Nicola Delvino (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nathan Grassi (Admin)
Open Society Foundations
Arjen Leerkes, Full Professor of Migration, Securitization and Social Cohesion at UNU-MERIT/ Maastricht University and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam
Markus Gonzalez Beilfuss, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Barcelona
Richard Staring, Professor of Criminology at the School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sara Bianca Taverriti, PhD, University of Milan
Ruben Timmerman, PhD candidate, Criminology, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Anja Van den Durpel, PhD candidate, University of Ghent
Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, United States
These five “country reports” outline the legal and policy frameworks surrounding “safe reporting” in Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the USA:
Belgium: country report
Van Den Durpel, A. (2019) Safe reporting of crime for migrants with irregular status in Belgium, COMPAS: Oxford
Italy: country report
Taverriti, S. B. (2019) Safe reporting of crime for victims and witnesses with irregular migration status in Italy, COMPAS: Oxford
the Netherlands: country report
Timmerman, R., Leerkes, A., & Staring, R. (2019) Safe reporting of crime for migrants with irregular status in the Netherlands, COMPAS: Oxford
Spain: country report
González Beilfuss, M. (2019) Safe reporting of crime for migrants with irregular status in Spain, COMPAS: Oxford
United States: country report
Delvino, N. (2019) Safe reporting of crime for victims and witnesses with irregular migration status in the United States, COMPAS: Oxford