Stateless Children, Parents and Undocumented Migration: An Indonesian Pilot Study

Leslie Butt (CAPI and Pacific and Asian Studies Department) and Jessica Ball (Child and Youth Care) have received a two-year Insight Development Grant from SSHRC to carry out research in Southeast Asia on undocumented migrant families.  The project, entitled Stateless Children, Parents and Undocumented Migration: An Indonesian Pilot Study, will form part of CAPI’s Migration and Mobility program. CAPI will help with the logistics of coordinating research activities in Indonesia and Malaysia among the Bugis migrant community who regularly travel between the two countries. 

The research team, including geographer Harriot Beazley (USC, Australia), will explore how migrant parents who travel illegally understand the idea of citizenship for their children. The team will travel to Indonesia to interview Indonesian migrant parents who regularly work in Malaysia, often in disempowering and dangerous conditions. The team will investigate what options parents consider when they are faced with the expectation that they will register their children and conform to state expectations around citizenship and belonging, and what experiences of statelessness mean to them. This study will be carried out in 2014-2015, and is expected to lead to a full Insight grant application on the topic of parenting, migration, and citizenship in Southeast Asia. 

The pilot project has received funding of $62,000 from SSHRC. CAPI and the University will also contribute funds to the project.

Here are Leslie Butt and Jessica Ball giving a brief overview of the pilot project.

Stateless Children, Parents and Undocumented Migration: An Indonesian Pilot Study from CAPI on Vimeo.