Immigration Policy and Security

Immigration policy in the United States, Europe, and the Commonwealth went under the microscope after the terror attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent events in London, Madrid, and elsewhere. We have since seen major changes in the bureaucracies that regulate immigration―but have those institutional dynamics led to significant changes in the way borders are controlled, the numbers of immigrants allowed to enter, or national asylum policies? This book examines a broad range of issues and cases in order to better understand if, how, and why immigration policies and practices have changed in these countries in response to the threat of terrorism. In a thorough analysis of border policies, the authors also address how an intensification of immigration politics can have severe consequences for the social and economic circumstances of national minorities of immigrant origin.

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Anthony Messina 5

“Immigration Policy and Security is a thought provoking, intellectually balanced, and impressively comprehensive take on the security implications of immigration in a post-September 11th world.”

Anthony M. Messina, University of Notre Dame

B. Lindsay Lowell

“The tragedy of 9/11 had sharp repercussions on global mobility and America’s immigration system. The authors in this volume uncover what policymakers did right and much that they did wrong. This is valuable reading for anyone who wants to parse the rhetoric over immigration restrictions and the terrorism menace.”

B. Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University


“Immigration Policy and Security offers thoughtful analyses of how national security concerns that emerged after the September 11, 2001 attacks have shaped immigration and asylum policies in Western democracies.”

-Louis DeSipio, University of California, Irvine

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