Migration, Citizenship and Identity
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Migration, Citizenship and Identity

Selected Essays

Stephen Castles

Stephen Castles provides a deeper understanding of recent ‘migration crises’ in this fascinating and highly topical work. The book links theory and methodology to real-world migration experiences, with a truly global perspective and in-depth analysis of the links between economics, migration and asylum and refugee issues.
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Chapter 14: The International Politics of Forced Migration

Selected Essays

Stephen Castles

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Europeans, North Americans or Australians who rely on the tabloid press might well believe that their countries were being besieged by asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. Sensationalist journalists and right-wing politicians map out dire consequences like rocketing crime-rates, fundamentalist terrorism, collapsing welfare systems and mass unemployment. They call for strict border control, detention of asylum seekers and deportation of illegals. The public appeal of such polemics is obvious: recent right-wing electoral victories in countries as disparate as Denmark, Austria and Australia can be attributed to fears of mass influxes from the South and East. Even prominent academics ague that the world is in the throes of a ‘global migration crisis’.

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