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Police work in the context of the EU's refugee-crisis: A descriptive and explanatory cross-sectional comparative analysis of the police work in and around the regular reception facility in Almelo (NL) and the arrival center in Bramsche-Hesepe (GER)

Gössel, Benjamin (2017) Police work in the context of the EU's refugee-crisis: A descriptive and explanatory cross-sectional comparative analysis of the police work in and around the regular reception facility in Almelo (NL) and the arrival center in Bramsche-Hesepe (GER).

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Abstract:Over the last two years, the European Union (EU) has experienced a large-scale and oftentimes uncontrolled influx of foreigners from non-EU countries applying for asylum- a phenomenon that has in media outlets widely been referred to as the refugee-crisis. This large-scale and oftentimes uncontrolled influx of genuine asylum-seekers and irregular migrants has been associated with a number of problems and increased workloads for the police in general, and those local police forces that are responsible for the policing of asylum accommodation facilities, in particular. But did the influx of asylum-seekers and irregular migrants really result in increased workloads for local police forces that are responsible for policing asylum accommodation facilities? And did local police forces in different Member States find different solutions in order to cope with potentially increased workloads? Hitherto, on a scientific level these are unanswered questions. It is the declared aim of this study to fill in this gap to a certain extent. This study essentially concentrates on the question, if the policing of the regular reception facility (AZC) in Almelo (NL) currently differs from the policing of the arrival center in Bramsche-Hesepe (GER), and if so, which factors provide an explanation for the potentially observed differences in the modes of policing. In order to detect differences in the modes in which the two asylum accommodation facilities are policed, semi-structured face-to-face interviews (N=6) were conducted with those police officers that are responsible for policing the two asylum accommodation facilities. Placed against the background that police scholars theoretically expect that variations in the modes of policing are caused by environmental, organizational and situational factors, this study comes to the conclusion that organizational factors are least responsible for the observed differences between the modes in which the two asylum accommodation facilities under study are policed. External environmental factors, however, seem to provide explanations for the observed differences between the mode of policing of the regular reception facility and the mode of policing of the arrival center to a much greater degree.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73923
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