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Seeking AsylumHuman Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border$
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Alison Mountz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665372

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665372.001.0001

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Human Smuggling and Refugee Protection

Human Smuggling and Refugee Protection

(p.1) Chapter 1 Human Smuggling and Refugee Protection
Seeking Asylum

Alison Mountz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the daily encounters of the state with undocumented migrants. By tracing these encounters between the Canadian government and migrants smuggled from China, the chapter illustrates the attempts by nation-states to order human migration, which may be “spontaneous” and for which policies have yet to be written. The discussion begins with the global landscape of human smuggling. It then addresses the events that unfolded during one controversial and memorable episode in 1999, when Canadian authorities intercepted boats carrying 599 migrants from Fujian, China. Ultimately, the Fujianese migrants would represent the largest mass deportation in recent Canadian history.

Keywords:   illegal immigrants, undocumented migrants, Canadian government, nation-states, human migration, human smuggling, immigration law, immigration policy

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