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Silvia Pasquetti and Romola Sanyal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526123466

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526123473

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Onward pushes and negotiated refuge: theorizing the fluid national and urban regimes of forced migration in Southeast Asia

Onward pushes and negotiated refuge: theorizing the fluid national and urban regimes of forced migration in Southeast Asia

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(p.210) 11 Onward pushes and negotiated refuge: theorizing the fluid national and urban regimes of forced migration in Southeast Asia
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Displacement
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Pei Palmgren

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526123473.00021

This chapter analyzes the complex and informal nature of refugee protection in Southeast Asia. The author specifically looks at Thailand and Malaysia and uses the discussion of Rohingya refugees to illuminate the different ways in which the state colludes with people smugglers and others in clandestinely pushing Rohingya refugees into Malaysia. The crackdown on these practices clearly reveals how deeply involved the Thai state is with these practices. The state is implicated not only in people smuggling in analyzing the ambiguous and patchy nature of refugee protection in Southeast Asia – where there is no recognition of refugee status nor protection of it (except non-refoulement) – the author reveals how the state is also involved in the continuous marginalization and oppression of Rohingya refugees. He shows how the legality and enforcement of refugee rights differs at different scales – from the scale of the state to that of the urban. His work draws attention to the scalar nature of the law and reveals how the lack of legal frameworks creates socially and economically precarious situations for refugees.

Keywords:   Rohingya, Malaysia, Thailand, urban, Southeast Asia, protection, refugees

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