The Displacement and Convergence of Transnational Crime Flows

Rob T Guerette*, Alberto Aziani

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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This chapter delineates the concepts of displacement and convergence of transnational crimes. Extant theorizing on crime displacement has typically focused on micro-level dynamics (individual/situational), while macro-level (regional/national/transnational) analyses have hitherto developed in a largely fragmented manner via various studies of specific transnational crime types. Similarly, empirical studies on displacement have also rarely gone beyond urban crimes and small-scale geographical units, such as single street blocks, shopping centers, or parking lots. The related concept of crime convergence, which refers to the merging of crimes, at a particular place or time, and also with respect to specific targets, offenses, tactics or offenders, following a change in the penal laws or law enforcement activities, has received even less attention in analyses of transnational crimes. Nevertheless, the underlying rationale for the idea of crime displacement and convergence is potentially equally applicable to transnational crimes. This chapter explains why and how the concepts of crime displacement and convergence can be expedient tools, both for understanding transnational crime and for designing policies to combat it, insofar as they allow for a deeper consideration of the potential consequences of various preventive measures.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteThe Evolution of Illicit Flows: Displacement and Convergence among Transnational Crime
EditorUE Savona, RT Guerette, A Aziani
Numero di pagine25
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022


  • Border crime
  • Convergence
  • Displacement
  • National security
  • Policy analysis
  • Transnational crime flows


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