The myth of transit: the making of a life by asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia

Bibliography File Note

Type
Journal Article

Author
Robyn C. Sampson

Author
Sandra M. Gifford

Author
Savitri Taylor

URL
http://ift.tt/2ycBR1L

Volume
42

Issue
7

Pages
1135-1152

Publication
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

ISSN
1369-183X

Date
May 27, 2016

DOI
10.1080/1369183X.2015.1130611

Accessed
2017-10-09 03:44:57

Library Catalog
Taylor and Francis+NEJM

Abstract
An increasing number of migrants are living in a state of indefinite ‘transit’. In this paper, we report on interviews conducted in 2009 with 59 refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia and describe how these individuals make a life despite their circumstances. While all participants were deeply affected by their position of uncertainty and insecurity, most sought to transcend these conditions and pursue significant life projects such as getting married, having children, becoming part of the local community, and working towards a better future. The current conceptualisation of transit as life in limbo does not wholly account for such permanent, life-changing experiences. We analyse the reasons why the use of the term ‘transit’ persists in international policy settings despite its incongruities, arguing that its ongoing political valence overrides its conceptual flaws.

Short Title
The myth of transit

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