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Author Piot, Charles, author

Title The fixer : visa lottery chronicles / Charles Piot with Kodjo Nicolas Batema
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (x, 212 pages )
Series A theory in forms book
Theory in forms
Contents Border practice -- The interview -- Kinship by other means -- Trading futures -- Embassy indiscretions -- Protest -- Prison -- America, here we come -- Lomé 2018
Summary In the West African nation of Togo, applying for the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery is a national obsession, with hundreds of thousands of Togolese entering each year. From the street frenzy of the lottery sign-up period and the scramble to raise money for the embassy interview, to the gamesmanship of those adding spouses and dependents to their dossiers, the application process is complicated, expensive, and unpredictable. In 'The Fixer' Charles Piot follows Kodjo Nicolas Batema, a Togolese visa broker-known as a "fixer"-as he shepherds his clients through the application and interview process. Relaying the experiences of the fixer, his clients, and embassy officials, Piot captures the ever-evolving cat-and-mouse game between the embassy and the hopeful Togolese, as well as the disappointments and successes of lottery winners in the United States. These detailed and compelling stories uniquely illustrate the desire and savviness of migrants as they work to find what they hope will be a better life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 17, 2019)
Subject Batema, Kodjo Nicolas (Visa broker)
African diaspora
Emigration and immigration law -- United States
Togolese -- Migrations -- History -- 21st century
Togolese -- United States
Visas -- Government policy -- United States
Visas -- Togo
African diaspora.
Emigration and immigration law.
Emigration and immigration.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration.
Visas -- Government policy.
Togo -- Emigration and immigration
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Batema, Kodjo Nicolas (Visa broker), author
LC no. 2019005119
ISBN 1478003421 electronic book
9781478003427 electronic book
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