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The securitized and fearful ’Other’: Migration and human security in Malaysia

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Anja K. Franck
Publicerad i Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2016, 14 - 16 April 2016, Oxford
Publiceringsår 2016
Publicerad vid Institutionen för globala studier
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Ämnesord Fear, securitization, human security, migration, Malaysia
Ämneskategorier Freds- och utvecklingsforskning, Internationell Migration och Etniska Relationer (IMER)

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Migrants in Malaysia have become increasingly securitized subjects – blamed for rising levels of crime, moral degradation and the spreading of infectious diseases. Through reoccurring internal border controls and highly publicized crackdowns the government of Malaysia reinforces this securitization – publicly announcing that ‘unwanted foreigners’ will be ‘hunted down’ and ‘flushed out’. The following paper takes an interest in the relationship between the securitization of migration and the high levels of fear in migrant communities in Malaysia. As such, it directs attention towards the fear of those who are constructed as a ‘threat’: towards the human security of those who are securitized. Based upon ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the Burmese migrant community in Penang, the paper examines the reasons and consequences of fear in migrants’ everyday lives and, in particular, for their ability to exercise basic rights and freedoms. But the paper also highlights some of the strategies devised to counter and overcome securitization, repression and exclusion.

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