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Immigration in the 21st Century – The Comparative Politics of Immigration Policy

Immigration remains a contentious issue, not only in American politics, but around the globe. The authors describe the way that immigrants are integrated, their ability to become citizens, and their role in democratic politics. This broad-ranging yet concise book allows students to gain a better understanding of the complexities of immigration politics and the political forces defining policy today.

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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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International Migration Review
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Recent articles on immigration politics

Terri’s LinkedIn Newsletter
A great article on the economics of immigration by Alex Nowrasteh
Partisanship and perceived threats about immigration
American Compass Shouldn’t Reject the Economics of Immigration
Partisanship and perceived threats about immigration

Recent books on immigration politics

The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers (2nd Edition)

Useful Websites.

Migration Policy Institute – DC
Migration Policy Group – Brussels
Center for Migration Studies New York
Migration Data Portal


Terri Givens’ old Immigration Blog
Terri’s podcast appearances
University of Oxford – Podcasts on Migration
Immigration Nerds Podcast
This Week in Immigration Podcast
PBS Frontline – Immigration Documentaries
11 Documentaries about Immigrants
12 Documentaries About Immigrants That’ll Educate & Affect You
U.S. Immigration History
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