Queer Migration: Going South from China to Australia

Authored by: Audrey Yue

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472455482
eBook ISBN: 9781315613000
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043331


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Two key contrasting global developments in the last 15 years have shaped the contours of queer migration. The first is the sexual law reform of marriage equality that has witnessed gays and lesbians migrating to countries such as Canada and Sweden with legal same-sex marriage rights. For these potential migrants, international relocation can be motivated by sexuality and the pursuit of a romantic relationship based on public recognition and equality. The second is the rise of heightened border control and increased securitization of cross-border movements. From racial profiling, anti-trafficking policies to the incarceration of those who overstay or seek asylum, refugees, prostitutes, guest workers and international students are increasingly made ‘deviant’ or ‘queer’ by the new structures of migration control.

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