Regulation, recruitment, and control of immigration

Authored by: Matthew Light

Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415779722
eBook ISBN: 9780203863299
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183493


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Scholars of immigration policy have traditionally investigated why and how national governments regulate the entry into their territory of foreign citizens for the purpose of permanent resettlement. In recent decades, immigration policy research has broadened its focus to include more aspects of the regulation of human mobility, and has become more integrated with related bodies of scholarly literature. In what follows, we first consider the historical background to the contemporary regulation of migration. We then explore the range and causes of variation in immigration policies in contemporary industrialized democracies. Finally, we examine some promising new directions for research, including normative theories of immigration policy, and immigration policy in developing countries.

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