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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Migration

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Migration

Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series

Edited by Leila Simona Talani and Simon McMahon

This Handbook discusses theoretical approaches to migration studies in general, as well as confronting various issues in international migration from a distinctive international political economy perspective. It examines migration as part of a global political economy whilst addressing the theoretical debate relating to the capacity of the state to control international migration and the so called ‘policy gap’ or ‘gap hypothesis’ between migration policies and their outcomes.

Chapter 1: International migration: IPE perspectives and the impact of globalisation

Leila Simona Talani

Subjects: development studies, migration, politics and public policy, human rights, international politics, political economy, social policy and sociology, migration


The dimensions acquired by the phenomenon of mass migration, the degree of involvement of organised crime groups in the smuggling of migrants, the appalling conditions in which immigrants often find themselves in the hosting countries, all pose a number of questions which make it imperative to investigate the underlying causes and consequences of the problem. There seems to be a certain degree of consensus in the literature on the fact that the process of globalisation has indeed modified the terms within which migratory processes take place. However, scholars are still divided on the assessment of the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of the impact of globalisation on migration. This is partly due to the fact that the issues relating to migration tend to be interdisciplinary by their very nature, covering the most various academic fields, from urban studies to anthropology, and from sociology to political economy. Moreover, the definition of globalisation seems to be surrounded by a certain degree of mystery, often being invoked in different contexts or debates without a proper systematic attempt to define it.