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Disparity and Darkness in Turbulent Times: An Odyssey of Illegal Migrant

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Event Date: 2022-03-10 Abstract Due: 2021-10-15 Abstract Deadline has passed

Migration from Punjab across borders has become a global phenomenon. In my research work I have elaborately sketched the biography of one illegal migrant whose odyssey is the turbulence/ tale of crisis, conjunctures and the varied turning points during his illegal migration to USA. The life story of Balram reflects the hope, despair and suffering of one illegal migrant who crossed and re-crossed the borders of various countries on his various voyages. The in-depth case study of Balram not only shaped by the policy implications but also the historical tragedy in September 11, 2001, the terrorist attack in the United states of America. After the incident many people were deported back from USA because their papers were not legal.

Balram was political refugee in the USA, a status granted to him in 1992. After the tragic event of September 11, 2001, he got arrested by asylum officers and progressively admitted that he has lied to the service and admitted that he was an intending migrant in the United States interested in obtaining employment in this country. That was the end of his all dreams and aspirations. His life was clearly caught within the folds of the global events of 9/11. His identity has not only been questioned in USA but after also lost after returning back to his homeland.


Dr. Rosy Hastir