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Uncertain CitizenshipEveryday Practices of Bolivian Migrants in Chile$
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Megan Ryburn

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520298767

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520298767.001.0001

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(p.53) 3 Papeleo
Uncertain Citizenship

Megan Ryburn

University of California Press

Chapter 3 examines migrants’ multiple transitions between (ir)regular legal statuses as they are excluded from and seek inclusion within the transnational space of legal citizenship. Centered around the motif of papeleo (paperwork/red tape), the chapter is interested in how this transnational space of legal citizenship—and migrants’ positions within it—is constructed. It suggests that this occurs through interactions between legislation as it exists “on paper,” its (often discriminatory) application by officials “through paper,” and the practices of “presenting papers” in which migrants engage, sometimes with the support of a migrant organization.

Keywords:   legal citizenship, irregularity, bureaucracy, migrant organizations

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