Sowa, Katrin (2017). Street-Level Bureaucrats and Passport Networking. Practices of Immigration Law Enforcement in Northern Uganda. Masters thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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Abstract

The former conflict-torn area of Northern Uganda has only recently developed into a ‘safe haven’ for refugees from South Sudan. At the same time, Ugandan state officials picture inner-African migration as a threat to the internal security of the country, and to its Northern region in particular. This thesis is based on an ethnographic study in Northern Uganda and aims to describe how the Ugandan state tries to manage and control the movements of immigrants. Law enforcement practices are illustrated and analysed in case of passport control interactions. Police and immigration officers categorize people into citizens, migrants, refugees or as illegal by making use of documents in addition to digitalised personal data. For this categorization work they further require embodied skills, knowledge and networks that they can rely on. These networks are established between various state institutions. But they also appear informally between officers and immigrants, and often involve payments that are commonly referred to as corruption. This study tries to understand networking practices from an emic point of view, whereby it combines perspectives from multiple actors. On the one hand, it presents state agents and various challenges they face during work, while on the other hand it portraits the experiences of inner-African immigrants in Northern Uganda. All in all, the thesis concludes that while the Ugandan state tries to maintain the security of the country through new policies, their practical implementation often increases the insecurity of immigrants.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters thesis)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Sowa, KatrinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Corporate Contributors: Cologne African Studies Centre
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-78938
["eprint_fieldname_local_series" not defined]: Culture and Environment in Africa Series
ISSN: 2194-1556
Volume: 10
Subjects: Customs, etiquette, folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
Uganda, Immigration, Border region, Bureaucracy, Corruption, MA thesisEnglish
Uganda, Immigration, Grenzregion, Bürokratie, Korruption, MasterarbeitGerman
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Language: English
Date: 2017
Date of oral exam: 2017
Referee:
NameAcademic Title
Bollig, MichaelProf. Dr.
Full Text Status: Public
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 10:16
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/7893

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