Illegal migrants’: Decoding an undefined term with special reference to citizenship policies

Patel, Saifuddin, Kaushik, Akriti and Baruah, Arindam (2022) Illegal migrants’: Decoding an undefined term with special reference to citizenship policies. Jindal Journal of Public Policy, 6 (1). pp. 45-52. ISSN 2277-874

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The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 is one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed by the Parliament against popular opinion and amidst worldwide protests. Its prima facie discriminatory and arbitrary provisions intend to grant citizenship based on religion to people coming from selective countries.4 While most scholars have debated on the religious aspect , there has hardly been any debate on the vagueness in terms of definitions and implementation. This paper shall attempt to delve into these issues and analyse the manner in which these issues make the legislation short-sighted and unimplementable owing to ambiguities. Further, it shall also look into allied policy decisions that make way for the Amendment of 2019. Examining the contradictions and ambiguities in the definition, or lack thereof, of the term ‘illegal migrant’ and detailing the implications it holds for people seeking Indian citizenship will be the aim of this paper.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: CAA 2019 | Citizenship | Foreigner | Illegal Migrant | Nationality.
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Public Policy
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2022 07:11
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2022 07:11
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Additional Information: The Researchers would like to acknowledge Director- Dr. Shashikala Gurpur and Dy. Director, Dr. Dhanaji Jadhav, from Symbiosis Law School, Pune, (the institution from which the author and co-authors did their LL.M.) for their consistent guidance and support.


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