The article claims that strangers that are illegitimate juridically and socially (regular immigrants, irregulars or clandestines, nomads, refugees), are the ones that are the most liable to be treated as nonpersons. Nonpersons are living beings, they live a life more or less similar to the lives of the citizens (of the nation state surrounding them), but they can be sentenced, against their will, to lose the status of persons. The article studies the concept of nonpersons in modern sociology, its genealogy, its place in the juridical system and the practical methods of reducing persons to nonpersons in modern, civilised western societies.

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