This research outlined how birth registration requirements are made more restrictive in migration receiving countries as a means of discouraging migration and excluding their descendants from citizenship or accessing rights.
It provided an overview of some exclusionary birth registration practices in the United States (Texas) and Israel which may prevent migrants (particularly women) and their families from obtaining birth certificates for their children. Focusing mainly on birth registration practices in the Dominican Republic which create a risk of statelessness for descendants of Haitian migrants.
The article also calls for rights advocates to push back against these kinds of practices using existing human rights frameworks. It offers the example of an action research project led by the Caribbean Migrants Observatory (OBMICA) and a local NGO which used research findings to engage in legal accompaniment and policy advocacy to promote birth registration for previously unregistered children of mixed Dominican-Haitian couples.
The research in this paper primarily consists of secondary document review and content analysis of an action project that worked to obtain birth registration or other forms of documentation for migrants and their families in the Dominican Republic.
Early-stage research, complete findings forthcoming in PhD dissertation.