Irregular migrants and political belonging in Global Cities

This project investigates the transformation of citizenship in four globalizing cities with respect to irregular migration.

We ask how irregular migrants (present in a state without the state’s official sanction) are becoming politically active and claiming rights and membership in places from which they are technically excluded.

The project involves case studies and in-depth interviews with irregular migrants in Melbourne, Los Angeles, Berlin and Kuala Lumpur and areas in PNG. We attempt to build new conceptual approaches to belonging and political community that can capture both the agency and vulnerability of irregular migrants’ civic status.

Start By 1 January 2008
Completed By 31 December 2011
Funding ARC Discovery Grant

Outcomes 1. Anne McNevin. "Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political", New York, Columbia University Press, 2011.

2. Anne McNevin. “Border Policing and Sovereign Terrain: The Spatial Framing of Unwanted Migration in Australia and Melbourne” Globalizations, 7(3) 2010, pp.407-419.

3. Anne McNevin. “Becoming Political: Irregular Migrant Activism through Community Theatre” Local-Global: Identity, Security, Community, 8 (2010), pp. 142-156.

4. Anne McNevin. “Beyond Border Protection: Rethinking Asylum and Refugee Protection in Australia and the Region” Local-Global: Identity, Security, Community, 8 (2010), pp.4-10.

5. Anne McNevin. ‘Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and Strategic Possibilities for Political Belonging’, New Political Science, 31(2) 2009, pp. 163-181.

6. Paul James and Anne McNevin. “Would-be Citizens and Strong States: Circles of Security and Insecurity” in Nicklaus Steiner, Robert Mason and Anna Hayes (eds.) Migration and Insecurity: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era, Oxford: Routledge (in-press), accepted 29 August, 2011.

7. Anne McNevin. “Borders” in Mark Juergensmeyer et. al (eds.) Encyclopedia of Global Studies, Sage, (in-press).

8. Anne McNevin. “Undocumented Citizens? Shifting Grounds of Citizenship in Los Angeles” in Peter Nyers and Kim Rygiel (eds.) Citizenship, Migrant Activism and the Politics of Movement, New York and London: Routledge, (in-press).

9. Paul James, ‘Urban and Peri-Urban Communities: Vanagi Settlement, Central Province; Divinai Village, Milne Bay Province; Kananam Community, Madang Province; Yalu Village and Surrounds, Morobe Province’ (first-name author with Victoria Stead, Yaso Nadarajah and Karen Haive), Local-Global (A special issue on Papua New Guinea: Projecting Community-Life), vol. 5, 2009, pp. 18–62.

Researcher(s) Anne McNevin
Program Globalization and Culture
Location(s) Berlin – Germany
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
Los Angeles – USA
Melbourne – Australia