Controlling irregular migration

Policy options and unwanted consequences

Authored by: Camille Schmoll

Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138794313
eBook ISBN: 9781315759302
Adobe ISBN: 9781317638773


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Over the last three decades, political and security concerns, compounded by the globalisation process, have gradually made the control of irregular migration into a central issue on the political agenda. States of the Global North face the dilemma James Hollifield defined as the ‘liberal paradox’ – a greater will to control human mobility alongside an increasingly open economic sphere (Hollifield 1992).

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