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Recent Trends in the Smuggling of Chinese Into the United States
Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution (2008)
  • Jason A Blatt
Abstract
Largely based on Chinese-language sources not previously translated into English, this article reveals the newest methods used by human smugglers to bring people from China into the United States. Besides describing where most Chinese migrants come from and conditions fueling illegal migration, this article discusses numerous factors contributing to the rapid expansion of human smuggling networks. Many of these factors, such as the expansion of underground financial networks and the decline of Taiwan’s high seas fishing industry, have not previously been analyzed in such detail. This article argues that the lack of normalized political and economic relations between China and Taiwan has left a gaping hole for human smugglers to take advantage of. It also provides an account of China’s vast underground financial sector, such as loan sharks and “underground money houses,” which is financing the increasingly expensive business of smuggling Chinese into the United States. Publication of this article will shed much-needed light on the subject of illegal Chinese migration into the United States, a topic that is timely both in light of proposed immigration law reform and China’s status as a rising world power. This article has been accepted by the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution, and publication is expected in late 2008.
Keywords
  • snake people,
  • snakeheads,
  • chinese human smuggling,
  • Chinese illegal immigration
Disciplines
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Jason A. Blatt. 2007. "Recent Trends in the Smuggling of Chinese Into the United States" ExpressO Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jason_blatt/1 Accepted for publication in Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution, publication expected late 2008