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Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries

Kamal Sadiq


This book 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 erratic bureaucracies—they are able to obtain citizenship papers fairly easily. The book introduces “documentary citizenship” to explain how paperwork—often falsely obtained—confers citizenship on illegal immigrants. Once immigrants obtain documents, the book states, it is a relatively simple matter for, say, an Afghan migrant with Pakistani papers to pass ... More

Keywords: developing world, citizenship, documentary citizenship, paperwork, illegal immigrants, citizens, bureaucracies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195371222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kamal Sadiq, author
University of California, Irvine