Caitlyn Yates

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

British Columbia, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 10359

Approve Date

April 13, 2022

Project Title

Yates, Caitlyn (British Columbia, U. of) "Migrantship: Reclaiming Migrant Identity while Navigating Illegalization, Otherness, and Transit through the Americas"

This project ethnographically examines Caribbean, African, and Asian migrants’ transitory journeys in and through Latin America. Specifically, this research focuses on how these extra-continental migrants negotiate mobility in countries whose immigration regimes center on Latin American migrants as the almost exclusive migrant typecast. I will concentrate this project on the ways in which extra-continental migrants contend with compounding forms of exclusion, marginalization, illegality and immobility along transitory pathways. Drawing from multi-sited fieldwork in migrant camps in Panama and a legal aid organization in Mexico, I ask: 1) how do extra-continental migrants negotiate their mobility in Latin America despite being labeled as Other by transit countries; and 2) how do these Othering tactics impact the ways in which extra-continental migrants conceive of their individual and collective identities. This project will broaden the anthropological literature in two ways. First, I will highlight the particular ways in which extra-continental migrants experience enforcement regimes and illegality. Second, I will elucidate how migrants respond to such processes by reclaiming their migrant identities, developing particular mobility strategies, and ultimately moving across Western Hemispheric borders. Ultimately, I offer a critical anthropological lens from which to conceptualize being deemed extra-continental, illegal, and also not deportable in Latin America.