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Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration ControlEnforcing the Boundaries of Belonging$
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Mary Bosworth, Alpa Parmar, and Yolanda Vázquez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814887

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814887.001.0001

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Race, Gender, and Surveillance of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia

Race, Gender, and Surveillance of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia

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(p.13) 1 Race, Gender, and Surveillance of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia
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Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control
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Maggy Lee

Mark Johnson

Michael McCahill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814887.003.0002

This chapter provides a transnational analysis of the ways in which migrant workers are placed at the sharp end of migration control based on gendered and racialized notions of domestic labour. Migrant women from the Philippines to Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia are routinely subjected to an extensive and diffuse process of surveillance and social sorting beyond the geographic border and criminal justice system. In their country of origin, women’s mobilities are conditioned by their willingness to produce a documented identity as good women and disciplined workers. In their countries of destination, they are subjected to a range of state and non-state monitoring processes that seek to racially assign and keep different sorts of migrant women in their place as foreign residents and disposable workers. Ultimately, differential inclusion remains underpinned by a criminal justice system that can bear down heavily on migrants through the threat of criminalization, detention, and deportation.

Keywords:   domestic labour, gender, Hong Kong, irregular migrants, migrant workers, migration control, racialization, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, surveillance

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