This book explores the experiences of temporary migrants in the Asia-Pacific region. It develops the original concept of 'fluid security' to analyse the way in which persons carry a set of tools, strategies and attitudes across spatial, temporal and imagined borders. This concept applies a mobilities lens to human security in order to take into account the aspirations and needs of mobile populations appropriate for a globalising world. The book brings to light the diverse experiences of mobility and the multiple vulnerabilities experienced by individuals that intersect with, and sometimes challenge, national security domains.
The authors analyse mobility patterns that are diversifying at a rate far outstripping the capacity of governments to adapt to the human security needs of mobile populations. While the idea of global citizenship may be held up as an ideal through which access to rights is not an arbitrary lottery, it remains far from a reality for the majority of migrants. They are excluded from the migratory flows global elites engage in almost at will. This important book advances the idea that mobile individuals can generate their own security when they have agency and the ability to plan; that experiences of security are not necessarily tied to permanence; that mobile populations benefit from policies that support transnational life; and that fluid security is enhanced when individuals are able to carry a bundle of rights with them.
Claudia Tazreiter is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her research focuses on forced and irregular migration, human rights, the role of non-governmental organizations and civil society in social change and gendered forms of violence.
Leanne Weber is an ARC Future Fellow in internal border policing and a co-director of the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash University, Australia. She researches border control using critical criminological and human rights frames.
Sharon Pickering is Professor of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. She researches irregular migration and crime often with a focus on gender and human rights.
Marie Segrave is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University, Australia. Her work focuses on human trafficking, labour exploitation, women prisoners and policing challenges.
Helen McKernan is currently completing her doctoral thesis in sociology at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She has written on the criminalisation of migrant groups in Melbourne and the intersectionality of gender and race in relations between the police and minorities.
1. In Search of 'Fluid Security': The Outline of a Concept
3. Chinese Students: Isolated Global Citizens
4. Indonesian Temporary Migrants: Australia as a First Preference or Last Resort
5. Samoan-Born New Zealanders as Trans-Tasman denizens
7. The Decision to Leave: Processes that Drive Mobility
8. Reaching Australia: Processes that Mediate Mobility
9. Processes of Reception and Inclusion in Australia