The Politics of Migration: Managing Opportunity, Conflict and Change

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Sarah Spencer
Wiley, Dec 12, 2003 - Political Science - 213 pages
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Across the world, more than 160 million people now live outside the country of their birth. The Politics of Migration explores the opportunities and tensions posed by this unprecedented level of migration and looks at the policy levers that governments must deploy to manage it effectively.


The book consists of a series of essays written by some of the foremost international experts on migration and citizenship issues. Focusing on Europe and North America, these experts examine issues such as the rise of the far right, the contradictory dynamics of migration in the European Union, the international politics of refugees, the impact of migration on labour markets and welfare states, the integration of Muslims, public opinion and citizenship. Arguing that we need to move beyond a sharply polarised debate, they offer a series of strong, workable proposals for managing migration more effectively.

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Sarah Spencer is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Public Policy Research where she writes on migration, equality and human rights issues. She has twice been seconded into the Cabinet Office / Home Office as an advisor on migration issues, is a Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, and a founder member of the new ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford. She is active on equality issues and current Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum.

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