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Statelessness and the Lives of the Children of Migrants in Sabah, East Malaysia

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Catherine Allerton

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics
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Abstract

This article explores issues involved with researching statelessness ‘on the ground’ during ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia with the children of migrants and refugees. It argues that many of these children, whose parents or grandparents originate from Indonesia or the Philippines, lack an ‘effective nationality’. However, rather than statelessness or illegality per se, what dominates these children’s lives is their perpetual ‘foreignness’. Even when children might be able to have their citizenship recognised by a parental country of origin, families often prefer to remain undocumented, and to wait (perhaps indefinitely) for the Malaysian citizenship they perceive as rightfully theirs.
How to Cite: Allerton C, ‘Statelessness and the Lives of the Children of Migrants in Sabah, East Malaysia’ (2014) 19 Tilburg Law Review 26 DOI: http://doi.org/10.1163/22112596-01902004
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Published on 01 Jan 2014.
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