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By Kamal Sadiq

during this groundbreaking paintings, Kamal Sadiq unearths that the majority of the world's unlawful immigrants are usually not migrating on to the USA, yet to international locations within the sizeable constructing international. And once they arrive in international locations like India and Malaysia--which are usually ruled through susceptible and erratic bureaucracies--they may be able to receive citizenship papers rather simply. Sadiq introduces "documentary citizenship" to provide an explanation for how paperwork--often falsely obtained--confers citizenship on unlawful immigrants. as soon as immigrants receive records, Sadiq writes, it's a quite basic subject for, say, an Afghan migrant with Pakistani papers to move himself off as a Pakistani citizen either in Pakistan and in a foreign country. around the globe, there are actually thousands and thousands of such unlawful immigrants who've assumed the guise of "citizens." Who, then, can be a citizen? And what does citizenship suggest for many of the world's peoples? Rendered in bright aspect, Paper Citizens not just exhibits how unlawful immigrants collect fake papers, but in addition sheds mild at the results this may have for international protection within the publish 9-11 world.

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