Professor Dr. Amanda Cheong publishes research modeling barriers to health care and birth registration in stateless and migrant populations in Malaysia in Genus Journal



Focusing on stateless persons and irregular immigrants, Dr. Amanda Cheong and Mary Anne Baltazar seek to model the barriers to maternal health care and birth registrations encountered by these populations through the extension of Thaddeus and Maine’s (1994) “three delays” framework.

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Professor Amanda Cheong

Published in Genus Journal, their work draws on qualitative fieldwork and models delays as part of an integrated and cyclical process, identifying barriers faced according to three main phases. Their findings determine these processes lead to a range of negative consequences – such as increased health risks – as well as an inter-generational cycles of legal exclusion, as exclusion from one system raises the risk of exclusion from the other.