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Living on the MarginsUndocumented Migrants in A Global City$
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Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319368

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319368.001.0001

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The consequences of being undocumented

The consequences of being undocumented

(p.155) Seven The consequences of being undocumented
Living on the Margins

Alice Bloch

Sonia McKay

Policy Press

Being undocumented has consequences in every sphere of life. This chapter focusses on the ways in which undocumented migrants experience the exclusions of their status and develop strategies for managing these status based exclusions. In earlier chapters we explored the impact of status on employment and social lives and activities, in this chapter we first focus on the impact of being undocumented in relation to access to and use of public services looking in particular at health, welfare benefits and police services. We then examine the ways in which status intersects with other spheres where documents are always or often required, notably housing, participation in educational opportunities, travel, opening a bank account and even to obtain a driving license. The chapter shows how the impact if status varies, affecting people in different ways, within different settings and it results in a range of different responses to contexts and individual circumstances, as well as diversity in lived experiences, including levels of fear, anxiety, trust and disclosure.

Keywords:   Services, Welfare, Health, Housing, Education, Exclusion, Undocumented migrants

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