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Gurucharan Gollerkeri and Natasha Chhabra

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199464807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.001.0001

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Interrogating Irregular Migration

Interrogating Irregular Migration

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Migration Matters

Gurucharan Gollerkeri

Natasha Chhabra

Oxford University Press

Irregular migrants continue to be criminalized as irregular migration stirs up powerful emotions and attracts most policy attention and action. This chapter explores why irregular migration continues to thrive, causing great harm to pathways for regular migration and undermining serious efforts towards migration governance. It answers questions such as who is an irregular migrant, what her incentives are, and who helps her in the process, dispelling myths and popularly held notions. Some insights from a survey of irregular migrants from India in Abu Dhabi are presented. The findings are revealing, going against general perceptions and anecdotal evidence. It also addresses the Kafala system that is at the root of the widespread exploitation and abuse of temporary contractual foreign workers in the Gulf countries. In doing so, it points to areas where migrant workers most need help.

Keywords:   irregular migration, criminalized, Kafala, exploitation, intermediaries, regularization, legal migration, visa, work permit, networks

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