Of States, Rights, and Social Closure: Governing Migration and Citizenship

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Oliver Schmidtke, Saime Ozcurumez
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 - History - 307 pages
Increased levels of immigration sparked scholary and public debate about its consequences for immigrants, liberal democracies, sovereignty and rights in both Europe and North America. This book addresses questions such as: Do nation-states act to facilitate or limit immigration and integration, how and why? How do nation-states themselves transform in understanding and interpreting rights respond to immigration? Does the European Union make a difference in terms of how immigrants are perceived or how they act as stakeholders in liberal democracies?  Through a collection of rich theoretical and empirical contributions diverse and intriguing responses are provided with case studies from Europe and North America.

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Immigration Democracy and Citizenship
Redefining Human Rights
National Sovereignty Migration and the Tenuous Hold

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Oliver Schmidtke is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History at the University of Victoria. He also holds the Jean research Chair in European History and Politics and is the director of the European Studies Program at the University of Victoria. His reserach interests are in the areas of European integration, migration, citizenship, nationalism, populism, and right-wing politics. Saime Ozcurumez is a visiting Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara. She teaches and publishes on policy and politics of immigration in Europe, Europeanization of immigration policy in Turkey and diversity and health care in Canada.

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