Re-thinking the Political Economy of Immigration Control: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Lea Sitkin

October 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781138121577 - CAT# Y214345


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This book offers a systematic exploration of the changing politics around immigration and the impact of resultant policy regimes on immigrant communities. It does so across a uniquely wide range of policy areas: immigration admissions, citizenship, internal immigration controls, labour market regulation, the welfare state and the criminal justice system. Challenging the current state of theoretical literature on the ‘criminalisation’ or ‘marginalisation’ of immigrants, this book examines the ways in which immigrants are treated differently in different national contexts.

The politicisation of immigration has intensified the challenge for policy-makers, who today must respond to populist calls for restrictive immigration policy whilst simultaneously heeding business groups’ calls for cheap labour and respecting legal obligations that militate for more liberal and welcoming policy regimes. The resultant policy regimes often have counterproductive effects, in many cases marginalising immigrant communities and contributing to the growth of underground and criminal economies. This book offers a framework for understanding the institutional factors driving variation in the extent of immigrants’ marginalisation and criminalisation across the Western world. It offers data on overall trends across 20 high-income countries, as well as more detailed case studies on the UK, Australia, USA, Germany, Italy and Sweden.

This book will appeal to scholars and students of criminology, social policy, political economy, political sociology, the sociology of immigration and race, and migration studies.

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