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Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change

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  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107129597

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  • In this ambitious study, Anna K. Boucher and Justin Gest present a unique analysis of immigration governance across thirty countries. Relying on a database of immigration demographics in the world's most important destinations, they present a novel taxonomy and an analysis of what drives different approaches to immigration policy over space and time. In an era defined by inequality, populism, and fears of international terrorism, they find that governments are converging toward a 'Market Model' that seeks immigrants for short-term labor with fewer outlets to citizenship - an approach that resembles the increasingly contingent nature of labor markets worldwide.

    • Introduces a universal empirical conceptualization of an immigration regime
    • Assembles and analyzes a new cross-national, standardized database of immigration demographic outcomes in thirty countries
    • Presents a novel, transparently derived taxonomy of immigration regimes worldwide
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    • Winner, 2019 BISA Best Book on the International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas, British International Studies Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107129597
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface: the start of a conversation
    1. The liberal model and the market model
    2. The classification of immigration regimes
    3. Drivers of immigration regimes over time
    4. Visa mix: a global preference for labor migration? 5. Temporary ratio: the return of the guest worker? 6. Naturalization: a final barrier to migration
    7. The crossroads taxonomy of thirty immigration regimes
    8. What explains variation in immigration regimes?
    Methodological appendix.

  • Authors

    Anna K. Boucher, University of Sydney
    Anna K. Boucher is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Gender, Migration, and the Global Race for Talent (2016) and numerous peer-reviewed articles. She is the holder of major research grants, including from the Australian Research Council. She frequently reports to governmental reviews on immigration matters and comments in the media on migration topics, including for the BBC, The Guardian, the Zeit, The Australian Financial Review, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2007, she co-founded the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Justin Gest, George Mason University, Virginia
    Justin Gest is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. He is the author of The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (2016) and Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (2010). He has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and has provided analysis and commentary for numerous news organizations including the BBC, CNN, The Guardian, NPR, Politico, Reuters, and The Washington Post. In 2007, he co-founded the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


    • Winner, 2019 BISA Best Book on the International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas, British International Studies Association
    • Honorable Mention, 2019 ECPR Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research, European Consortium for Political Research

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