/ Inter-dictions and Limbo Citizens: Haitian Boat Refugee Narratives

April Shemak

in Asylum Speakers

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233557
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241194 | DOI:

Series: American Literatures Initiative

/ Inter-dictions and Limbo Citizens: Haitian Boat Refugee Narratives

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As the human rights documents show, Haitian boat refugees confront extreme bureaucratic obstacles in gaining access to an asylum interview and testifying convincingly for U.S. immigration authorities, which results in the systematic discrediting of Haitian refugee testimonies. Aside from the observations of human rights monitors that are found in these reports, there is little consistent record of Haitian asylum seekers' testimonies. Thus, the reports are essential for understanding the conditions of both refugees who have been interdicted and those who have been returned to Haiti; however, because they must conform to the parameters of human rights discourse typically rendered in legal and policy-making terms, the reports are also limited in scope.

Keywords: Haitian; asylum; U.S. immigration; asylum seekers; refugee; Haiti

Chapter.  18299 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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