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Discipline: Law

Degrees BA: English and Cultural Studies


MA British Studies, MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

PhD Research Information

Protection for Irregularized Migrants? – Trafficking, Smuggling and Asylum

Brief description:

The research examines the effects and implications of employing the criminal law concept of human trafficking in refugee law. It questions the compatibility of the criminal law framework and the refugee law framework, as well as the trafficked/smuggled distinction in order to examine which irregularized migrants can claim protection in the EU. The research is based on an analysis of trafficking-based asylum claims from the UK and Germany.


Keywords: human trafficking, international refugee law, smuggling

Language(s) of writing: English

Country: United Kingdom

Home University:

Queen Mary University of London


School of Law

Supervisor: Elspeth Guild
Start date: 24-09-2018
PhD current status: PhD Ongoing
PhD research funded by: The Leverhulme Trust
Name of grant: London Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship
Added to catalogue on: 17-05-2019

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