Compliance with Migration Law

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    The purpose of this paper is to locate compliance with migration law in the context of compliance with other kinds of law and rules, and to argue that while there may appear to be unique conditions operating while enforcing compliance with migration law, these differences are more of degree than of kind. The differences loom large in the thinking of regulators with responsibility for enforcing law, because what is being asked of people by authority is so radically different across regulatory domains. Animmigration official operates with a different set of laws, rules and routines from a regulator in occupational health and safety, or a food safety inspector, or a tax auditor, or a child protection worker, or a quarantine officer. Moreover, these different kinds of regulators deal with very different kinds of people in carrying out their enforcement activities. Yet, the challengehas much in common across all of these domains. How does a regulatory agency elicit compliance with law in a society that subscribes to democratic values, and how does a regulator enforce such compliance? More fundamentally, how does government elicit systematically from a population certain actions, which the population may or may not have practiced previously, and may or may not want to practice now? The answers to these questions go to the heart of good governance
    Original languageEnglish
    Commissioning bodyDepartment of Immigration and Citizenship
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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