Migration Control in Malaysia: Shifting Toward Internal Enforcement

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Type
Journal Article

Author
Khairiah Salwa Mokhtar

Author
Choo Chin Low

URL
http://ift.tt/2o6bBAZ

Volume
16

Issue
3

Pages
1-1

Publication
Asia-Pacific Social Science Review

Date
2017

Accessed
2017-04-06 08:33:22

Library Catalog
http://www.ejournals.ph

Abstract

This article examines two aspects of migration control in Malaysia. First, it deals with the question of how the securitization of border control is tied to a wider dynamics of national interest. Based on the notions of “security versus facilities,” this article contextualizes how the institutional sites of governance are frustrated by the open-border policy and a liberal visa policy. Second, the paper argues that internal enforcement is a neglected part of the state’s migration control. As a self-proclaimed country of “zero irregular migrants,” Malaysia has relied heavily on external control: militarizing border crossings and criminalizing irregular migrants through raids, detention, and deportation. The study used a hybrid technique of data collection which integrates elite interviews, official publications, and online news media. The paper highlights a pressing need to formulate a critical approach to internal enforcement. A shift to internal control—identification, surveillance, and employer inspections—is crucial in addressing the root causes of migration, though controlling physical borders is still important.

Short Title
Migration Control in Malaysia

Exploring the boundaries of refugee law: current protection challenges

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Type
Book

Editor
Jean-Pierre Gauci

Editor
Mariagiulia Giuffré

Editor
Evangelia Tsourdi

Series
International refugee law series

Place
Leiden : Boston

Publisher
Brill Nijhoff

ISBN
978-90-04-26557-8

Date
2015

Call Number
K3230.R45 E97 2015

Series Number
volume 3

Library Catalog
Library of Congress ISBN

Short Title
Exploring the boundaries of refugee law

# of Pages
349

Is There a Right to Have Rights? The Case of the Right of Asylum

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Type
Journal Article

Author
Stefan Heuser

URL
http://ift.tt/2ojjtQA

Volume
11

Issue
1

Pages
3-13

Publication
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

ISSN
1386-2820

Date
2008

Accessed
2017-03-31 22:38:18

Library Catalog
JSTOR

Abstract
In dialogue with the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt and Seyla Benhabib the author draws on the idea of a right to have rights and raises the question under which political conditions asylum can be a subjective right for political refugees. He argues that mere spontaneous acts of human itarianism will not suffice to define the institutional commitments of liberal democracies in refugee policy. At the same time, no duty for any particular state to take up refugees can be derived from a right to have rights. The quest for institutional solutions for a timely migration and asylum policy will rather enhance the discourses on the selfunderstanding of liberal democracies. With a critical eye on German asylum legislation and legal practice, the author contends that it will be a task of any co-ordinated European right of asylum to define political persecution in relation to the first dimension of human rights in order to differentiate the right of asylum from immigration legislation.

Short Title
Is There a Right to Have Rights?