Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries

Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries

Marc Morjé Howard, Professor of Government at Georgetown University, reviews Paper Citizens, How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries. The book details how the use of documents like birth certificates, health cards, voter ID cards and others is inconsistent and prone to corruption in developing countries. As a result, the state’s ability to distinguish between its citizens and illegal immigrants is weakened. As developing countries increase their use of official documents, illegal immigrants manage to acquire “documentary citizenship,” or legal citizenship based on fraudulent premises. The book draws on research of Bangladeshis in India, Indonesians and Filipinos in Malaysia and Afghans and Bangladeshis in Pakistan.

Read the book review at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2010.00815.x/full

Publication Part Of International Migration Review
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Book by Kamal Sidiq, University of California, Irvine
Reviewed by Marc Morjé Howard, Georgetown University

Journal International Migration Review
Date of Publication Summer 2010
Pages 509-510
DOI 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2010.00815.x
Volume 44
Issue Number 2

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