Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries

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byKamal Sadiq

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In this groundbreaking work, Kamal Sadiq reveals that most of the world's illegal immigrants are not migrating directly to the US, but to countries in the vast developing world. And when they arrive in countries like India and Malaysia - which are often governed by weak and erraticbureaucracies - they are able to obtain citizenship papers fairly easily. Sadiq introduces "documentary citizenship" to explain how paperwork - often falsely obtained - confers citizenship on illegal immigrants. Once immigrants obtain documents, Sadiq writes, it is a relatively simple matter for,say, an Afghan migrant with Pakistani papers to pass himself off as a Pakistani citizen both in Pakistan and abroad. Across the globe, there are literally tens of millions of such illegal immigrants who have assumed the guise of "citizens." Who, then, is really a citizen? And what does citizenshipmean for most of the world's peoples? Rendered in vivid detail, Paper Citizens not only shows how illegal immigrants acquire false papers, but also sheds light on the consequences this will have for global security in the post 9/11 world.

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In this groundbreaking work, Kamal Sadiq reveals that most of the world's illegal immigrants are not migrating directly to the US, but to countries in the vast developing world. And when they arrive in countries like India and Malaysia - which are often governed by weak and erraticbureaucracies - they are able to obtain citizenship pap...

Kamal Sadiq is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Irvine.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199764638

ISBN - 13:9780199764631

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Table of Contents

AcknowlegementsList of AcronymsA Paradox: Illegal Immigrants as CitizensPart I. The Process1. Searching for Illegal Immigrants2. Networks of Complicity3. Blurred Membership4. Documentary CitizenshipPart II. The Proof5. Voters across Borders6. Tough Ain't Enough7. After CitizenshipNotesBibliographyIndex