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Ruben's research focuses on the tensions between immigration enforcement and human rights. His current PhD research explores the intersection between
migration control and state anti-trafficking efforts to better understand how ‘protection’ and ‘enforcement’ conflict within the context of labour exploitation in the Dutch informal economy. In doing so, he is exploring the accounts of both irregular migrant workers and law enforcement actors.
Timmerman, R.I., Leerkes, A. & Staring, R. (2019). Safe Reporting of Crime for Victims and Witnesses with Irregular Migration Status in the Netherlands. University of Oxford, Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS). Available at https://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/SR19-Netherlands-country-report.pdf