Migrant “Illegality” and Non-Citizen Precarious Status in the Americas

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 07 (Main Building)
RC31 Sociology of Migration (host committee)

Language: English

The case of Mexico-US undocumented migration has long dominated academic discussions of migrant illegality and non-citizenship in the Americas. The goals of our proposed ISA session are to (1) expand the conceptual terms of debate and (2) promote wider comparative discussions.
We propose to do this by inviting papers that address the production, negotiation and implications of precarious noncitizenship, including migrant “illegality” and forms of temporary legality, throughout the Americas (and possibly among Latin Americans in Europe). Papers written from several disciplines will contribute to international debates on immigration, citizenship, noncitizenship, social inclusion and exclusion, rights and stratification. 
We anticipate that papers will address the production of precarious status and migrant illegality in specific jurisdictions and attendant policy contexts, which are themselves inscribed within heterogeneous processes and definitions of democratization (e.g. Argentina, Chile, Canada, and Ecuador), and examine the strategies of various social groups for negotiating forms of precarious status in various settings, e.g. Venezuelans in the United States, Ecuadoreans in Spain, temporary workers in Canada, and various migrant collectives in Argentina and Chile.
Cross-cutting themes will include the intersections of class, gender, racialization and legal status; institutional negotiations of access to services and resources by and for precarious status migrants; and social movement and other organizing around these issues.
Session Organizer:
Luin GOLDRING, York University, Canada
The Chutes and Ladders of Migrant Incorporation: Legal Status Meets Canadian Newcomer Settlement Landscape
Luin GOLDRING, York University, Canada; Patricia LANDOLT, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada
Fragmented Citizenships and Precarious Legality Among New Middle-Class Migrants: The Venezuelan Case.
Lourdes GOUVEIA, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA; Jasney COGUA-LOPEZ, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
Legal Status and Working Conditions of Mexican and Central American Immigrants in the United States: A Multilevel Analysis
Douglas MASSEY, Princeton University, USA; Jorge DURAND, University of Guadalajara, Mexico; Karen PREN, Princeton University, USA
"Ni Es Lo Mismo, Ni Es Igual". Ecuadorian Irregular Migrants in Amsterdam and Madrid.
Gabriel ECHEVERRIA CUBELLO, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
Non/Regularization of Guatemalans in Soconusco: Strategic Action As a Privilege
Larisa KOSYGINA, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico; Martha Luz ROJAS WIESNER, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico
Undocumented Migrant Women and Their Children in Chile: Implications for Chile's Crece Contigo Policy of a Child's Rights to Health.
Maria GUERRA, Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile; Nicola NORTH, University of Auckland, New Zealand