Immigration is about Deportation: An Exploration of Immigration Hearings and the Penalization of Im/migrants in Canada

dc.contributor.advisorLeach, Belinda
dc.contributor.advisorSylvain, Renee
dc.contributor.authorValiyaparampil, Merin
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-21T18:18:43Z
dc.date.available2017-08-21T18:18:43Z
dc.date.copyright2017-07
dc.date.created2017-07-25
dc.date.issued2017-08-21
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Sociology and Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmePublic Issues Anthropologyen_US
dc.description.abstractThe year 2015 was characterized by large-scale movements of im/migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees who attempted to escape civil and political unrest and violence. Described as the “immigration crises” this movement of people generated international attention and caused concerns regarding border control, terrorism, national security, and humanitarianism. Whereas some countries constructed barricades and erected fences to keep out migrants, other countries altered their policies in order to resettle them. At the same time, nation-states are grappling with their own immigration law and its administration as more and more im/migrants cross borders “legally” or “illegally”. Situated within this context, my thesis research observes the process by which nation-states create and enforce immigration laws that restrict, exclude, and remove im/migrants who are considered to be “undesirable” or “harmful” to a country’s social and cultural mosaic. Through my analysis of immigration hearings, in-depth interviews, and archival research, I argue that im/migrant illegalization is a sociopolitical and juridical process that implicates various institutions and actors who are tasked with administering immigration law. By exploring the ways in which ideas like “deservingness”, “(im) morality”, “credibility”, and “rationality” operate in immigration hearings, I emphasize that illegalization is not simply about removal. It is about the legal and administrative interactions and processes that dehumanize and demean im/migrants who are constructed to be “illegal” in Canada.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/11441
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectImmigrationen_US
dc.subjectImmigration Hearingsen_US
dc.subjectIllegalizationen_US
dc.subjectDetention Reviewsen_US
dc.subjectDeportationen_US
dc.subjectAdmissibility Hearingsen_US
dc.subjectImmigration and Refugee Boarden_US
dc.subjectAdjudicationen_US
dc.subjectLegal Anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectImmigration and Refugee Protection Acten_US
dc.subjectPenalizationen_US
dc.subjectDeservingnessen_US
dc.titleImmigration is about Deportation: An Exploration of Immigration Hearings and the Penalization of Im/migrants in Canadaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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