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Smuggled Versus Not Smuggled Across the Czech Border


  • The authors thank the staff of the Directorate of the Czech Alien Police Service for being instrumental in explaining some aspects related to the management and organization of policing the state border. Also, the authors greatly appreciate mainly Richard Wright's, Mona Domosh and Frank Magilligan's (Dartmouth College) valuable comments and recommendations on this paper. This work was supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, project No. MSM0021620831 “Geographic Systems and Risk Processes in the Context of Global Change and European Integration” and by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, project No. CRP/06/E001- Eurocores.


The main goal of this paper is to analyze the spatial behavior of unauthorized migrants in their attempts to irregularly cross the Czech state's “green” border (including walking trails) into Austria and Germany, between 2005 and 2007. It demonstrates the importance of select demographic and human characteristics of the migrants, as well as the physical features of the environment, in their crossing. Our main premise concerning the importance of smuggling and the more sophisticated means and strategies employed among migrants using smugglers' services (vis-à-vis those without smugglers) was confirmed.