Chapter 14: The International Politics of Forced Migration
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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