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The Politics of Migration

Edited by Robin Cohen, Professor of Development Studies and Director, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford, UK and Zig Layton-Henry, former Professor of Politics and Director, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick, UK
The Politics of Migration is an authoritative collection which includes the most important articles and papers that document and analyse the political impact and consequences of migration since World War II.
Extent: 360 pp
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Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 978 1 85898 014 0
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The Politics of Migration is an authoritative collection which includes the most important articles and papers that document and analyse the political impact and consequences of migration since World War II. It assesses the impact of migration on class conflict and politics in the host country and the strategies adopted by the state to manage the political activities and demands of new ethnic minority communities. It also covers the rise of racist politics, especially electoral support for anti-immigrant far right parties. Special emphasis is placed on the politics of citizenship and political engagement as the new settlers adopt political strategies in order to combat exclusion, racism and oppression and to achieve recognition and legitimacy.
‘The politics of migration is an understated dimension of international migration but, perhaps, over the long haul the most important. Immigration affects politics in multiple ways: it introduces potential new actors into a political system, links at least two different polities, and can have an important effect on political institutions and forces on the homeland and the receiving country. Study of the politics of migration was rare until the 1990s. The volume does a good job of bringing together key pieces from the
1970s and 1980s.’
– Mark J. Miller, Journal of World History

‘There is a clear western focus, with case studies on Britain, the USA and western European countries. . . the selection does include some true classics and is representative of the field . . . the collection could offer much to the student with an enquiring mind.’
– Patricia Hogwood, Political Studies
16 articles, dating from 1972 to 1991
Contributors: R. Bauböck, S. Castles, G. Freeman, C. Husbands, F. Whelan