Irregular immigrants in Australia and the United States: Rights, realities, and political mobilization

Emma Larking

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    Abstract

    This article considers the gap between the universal promise of human rights and the reality of the rights enjoyed by irregular immigrants in liberal democracies such as Australia and the United States. Against the idea that stronger international rights enforcement mechanisms will automatically improve the position of irregular immigrants, it argues that international law currently provides a warrant for the way in which countries like Australia and the United States treat irregular immigrants. After developing this argument, the article explores how irregular immigrants might employ the language of rights more effectively in their political mobilizations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-207
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Human Rights
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    Early online dateJul 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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