Current Issue

Migrant Smuggling as a Collective Strategy and Insurance Policy: Views from the Margins

Special Editors: Sheldon X. Zhang , Gabriella E. Sanchez and Luigi Achilli

Vol. 676, March 2018

Dominant representations of contemporary smuggling and migration have created concerns of a “migration crisis” that is a threat to countries’ national security. This narrative represents migrant smugglers as ruthless and human smuggling as corrupt and evil. Using evidence collected from around the world from human smugglers and the migrants they smuggle, the research presented in this volume of The ANNALS shows how smugglers are often friends, relatives, or acquaintances of the migrants they help and are not motivated by profit alone. And immigrants, seeking to make better lives for themselves and their families, often rely on smugglers to succeed in clandestine border crossings.


This volume of The ANNALS explores the complex relationship between human smugglers and the immigrants they smuggle. It also shows how government policies and immigration enforcement and control measures can be counterproductive, playing a role in creating the conditions that lead to human smuggling.

From the Archives

Medical Care for Americans
Vol. 273, January, 1951
Special Editors: Franz Goldmann and Hugh R. Leavell

From the Forward

It is generally agreed that medical care of highest qualitative and quantitative standards should be available to everybody.  How this objective can be attained in a democratic society is much debated.  The papers assembled in this volume are designed to provide factual information necessary for the evaluation of both existing programs and proposals for future development.  They express the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the organizations involved or of the editors.  Conscious effort has been made to obtain competent, objective, and detached presentations of the various subjects and to avoid discussions contributing more head than light.

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