Irregular Migration and Democracy: The Case for Inclusion
Ludvig Beckman (2013): Irregular migration and democracy: the case for inclusion, Citizenship Studies, 17:1, 48-60
14 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2013 Last revised: 6 Aug 2013
Date Written: September 7, 2011
This article examines the democratic status of irregular immigrants from the vantage point of different models of democratic inclusion. The argument developed is that irregular immigrants are in fact members of the democratic state by virtue of being subjected to the legally binding norms in the territory of the state. The extension of the vote and other political rights to irregular immigrants nevertheless remains problematic due to their ‘illegal’ status. Because this status follows from the restrictive border policies implemented by the state, it shows that the ideal of democratic inclusion is scarcely reconcilable with a policy of restrictive cross-border movement. The conclusion defended in the article is that the interest in keeping borders restricted reduces the prospects for democratic inclusion in contemporary states.
Keywords: citizenship, undocumented, immigrant, democracy
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation