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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