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dc.contributor.authorDeBono, Daniela-
dc.identifier.citationDeBono, D. (2013). ‘Less than human’: the detention of irregular immigrants in Malta. Race & Class, 55(2), 60-81.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThe treatment of irregular migrants in Malta is problematic from a human rights perspective, for it contravenes the principle of universalism that is intrinsic to human rights philosophy. Malta is unusual among states in that it imposes mandatory detention on such migrants, including asylum seekers. Based on a reading of foundational documents of the modern human rights movement, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the article argues that the principle of human dignity underlies the concept of human rights, but that the bypassing of this principle enables the Maltese government to continue its detention policies while claiming to uphold human rights. It is an approach contested by NGOs in this area, which point to the dehumanising effects of detention on migrants. It is not just the appalling conditions in which migrants are held that renders their lives miserable, but the dehumanisation produced by detention itself.en_GB
dc.subjectMalta -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policyen_GB
dc.subjectMalta -- Emigration and immigrationen_GB
dc.subjectHuman rightsen_GB
dc.subjectEmigration and immigration law -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectImmigrants -- Civil rights -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectImmigrants -- Social conditions -- Maltaen_GB
dc.title'Less than human': the detention of irregular immigrants in Maltaen_GB
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