Friday, January 1, 2010

Notes on "Irregular Migration and Democracy: Hinting to a Postregular Challenge to the Nation-State?"

Notes on blog post entitled Irregular Migration and Democracy: Hinting to a Postregular Challenge to the Nation-State?:

1.  The term irregular migrant is used here to refer to irregular economic migrants or those who enter irregularly or stay irregularly, or do both, in a host country in order to work and send money to their dependents.

2.  Filipinos who remain in Japan beyond the period specified in their visas become “overstayers” or, as his local compatriots refer to them, “Bilog.”  Literally meaning “round” in the Filipino vernacular, the term Bilog also equates with the image of a zero, or nothingness, signifying overstayers’ invisibility, their exclusion from the mainstream.

3.  Akin to the door-to-door service of courier companies, a migration agent’s responsibilities end once you successfully get past immigration control at an entry port.

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References:

Bloemraad, I. (2004). Who Claims Dual Citizenship?  The Limits of Postnationalism, the Possibilities of Transnationalism, and the Persistence of Traditional Citizenship.  International Migration Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 389-426.

Hagan, J. (2006). Negotiating Social Membership in the Contemporary World.  Social Forces,Vol. 85, No. 2, pp. 631-642.

Hollifield, J. (2004). The Emerging Migration State. International Migration Review, Vol. 38, No. 3, Conceptual and Methodological Developments in the Study of International Migration, pp. 885-912.

Kessler, C. (2009). Democratic Citizenship and Labour Migration in East Asia: Mapping Fields of Enquiry. European Journal of East Asian Studies, pp. 181-213.

Koopmans, R. and Statham, P. (1999).  Challenging the Liberal Nation-State?  Postnationalism, Multiculturalism, and the Collective Claims-Making of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Britain and Germany.  The American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 105, No. 3, pp. 652-696.

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