I have been teaching Comparative Immigration Politics for nearly 20 years, and I’m very excited to announce that my textbook, Immigration in the 21st Century, will be published soon.

Here’s the backcover:


A brilliant, comprehensive textbook on the comparative politics of immigration—a tour de force.  Easily accessible and highly readable, this book sets the standard for the field and it will be used in classes across the globe.

James F. Hollifield, Southern Methodist University and Global Fellow, Wilson Center


International migration is one of the most contentious political issues of the 21st century, especially in wealthy democracies that are the preferred destinations for millions of migrants each year. Givens and her colleagues focus on the politics of immigration control in these countries, with an emphasis on electoral politics, including the role that migrants themselves play in the political system. The authors bring a comparative approach to their presentation, allowing students to understand the variation in policy choices across countries. This will be the text of choice for students as it describes the centrality of political decisions in governing international migration flows today.


Jeannette Money, University of California—Davis

For students and scholars interested in the politics of immigration, this the place to begin. The three core chapters on the histories of immigration provide a rich foundation for understanding both policies  and the differences of policy outcomes that are outlined and analyzed in this excellent book.

Martin A. Schain, New York University


Immigration in the 21st Century provides an engaging and comprehensive introduction to immigration politics and policy. Taking readers from North America to Europe and Australia, this book is impressive in its sweep, clarity, and insight.


Daniel J. Tichenor, University of Oregon



This text provides students with an in-depth introduction to the politics of immigration policy in settler countries and newer countries of immigration. A comparative politics approach is used to explain how immigration has affected politics and how politics has affected immigration in different types of countries throughout the world.


Features of this Innovative Text

  • Covers hot topics including party politics, labor migration, assimilation, and citizenship both in the United States as well as globally.
  • Consistent chapter pedagogy includes chapter introductions, conclusions, key terms and references.
  • An author-hosted Website is updated regularly: terrigivens.com/immigration


Terri Givens is currently the CEO/Founder of The Center for Higher Education Leadership.

Rachel Navarre is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Master of Public Administration Program at Bridgewater State University.

Pete Mohanty is a Science Education Fellow in Statistics at Stanford University.