Women as Migrants: Members in National and Global Communities

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Women as Migrants: Members in National and Global Communities

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The auteur explores the impact of international law on legal practice in Canada with a special attention to the politics and immigration laws, and the way they affect the lives of women wanting to enter Canada.

The right to restrict the entry of non-citizens to one's territory is considered the sine qua non of sovereignty. When it comes to immigration, international law accepts more or less uncritically the characterization of states as private clubs and migrants as membership applicants. The major exception to that principle is the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, but it should not escape notice that virtually all major countries of asylum, including Canada, expend considerable energy on "non-entrée" mechanisms to prevent asylum seekers from getting to the clubhouse door.

 

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  • Macklin, Audrey. "Women as Migrants: Members in National and Global Communities". Canadian Woman Studies, vol 19 (1999), p.24-32.