Frank van Gemert, Dana Peterson, Inger-Lise Lien (Eds.), Street Gangs, Migration and Ethnicity

Routledge, 2012, pp. 304


  • Natalija Lukić University of Belgrade, Law Faculty, Serbia



street gangs, ethnicity, migration, victimization, crimes


Migration and ethicity are in many ways related to crime. Apart from the influence of migration and ethnicity on offending and victimization, there is a reverse relation as well (for example political crimes in the country of migrants origin that foster migration) or smuggling of migrants into developed countries. Furthermore, issues of migration and ethnicity in respect to crime open questions of informal and formal social reactions toward migrants and members of ethnic minorities as well as of the perception of these people toward the new state. Marginalisation, the lack of trust in the police, poverty, cultural conflicts are some of the factors that could explain crime of migrants and ethnic minorities. Special attention in criminological literature is devoted to relation of migrations/ethnicity and gangs formation. We are witnesses of many crimes committed by members of these groups in European countries. Violent crimes, destruction of public and private property, riots in capitals suburbs always get media covers and in many cases lead to scapegoating of the whole communities. Therefore, it is very important to research these issues and give the objective explanations that would be useful for policy makers. The book „Street Gangs, Migration and Ethnicity“ edited by Frank van Gemert, Dana Peterson and Inger-Lise Lien is valuable scientific source for understanding these phenomena.


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Author Biography

  • Natalija Lukić, University of Belgrade, Law Faculty, Serbia

    PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Law, Law Faculty, University of Belgrade, Sebia






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Frank van Gemert, Dana Peterson, Inger-Lise Lien (Eds.), Street Gangs, Migration and Ethnicity: Routledge, 2012, pp. 304. (2021). Eastern European Journal of Transnational Relations, 5(1), 71-77.