Foucauldian biopolitics, irregular immigrants and COVID-19 in Malaysia

Cingir, Omer Faruk and Subramaniam, Thirunaukarasu (2022) Foucauldian biopolitics, irregular immigrants and COVID-19 in Malaysia. Institutions and Economies, 14 (1). 49 – 75. ISSN 22321640, DOI

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This paper addresses issues related to irregular immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of providing a better understanding of the migration process in Malaysia. This article uses Foucauldian biopolitics as a theoretical framework to explain state practices on immigrant bodies. Firstly, it provides a general picture of irregular immigration in Southeast Asia and Malaysia; secondly, it summarises the effects of the pandemic; and lastly it provides an overall outlook of irregular immigrants and the practices they were exposed to at this time. This study adopts exploratory and explanatory qualitative research design and data collection techniques such as document analysis of non-governmental reports on immigrants, official statistics, declarations and articles produced by third party organisations and interviews with experts. This paper then adopts a post-structuralist perspective within an interpretative paradigm to comprehend the main problems, social arrangements and rationality of institutional dynamics of the management of irregular immigrants. The main findings show that increasing human rights violations of irregular migrants generate from a biopolitical mentality. © 2022, Faculty of Economics and Administration. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foucauldian biopolitics; irregular immigrants; COVID-19
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of South East Asian Studies
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 09:17
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 09:17

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