The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance
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The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance

Edited by Andrew Geddes, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Leila Hadj Abdou and Leiza Brumat

This book analyses the dynamics of regional migration governance and accounts for why, how and with what effects states cooperate with each other in diverse forms of regional grouping on aspects of international migration, displacement and mobility. The book develops a framework for analysis of comparative regional migration governance to support a distinct and truly global approach accounting for developments in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America and the many and varying forms that regional arrangements can take in these regions.
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Chapter 9: North America: weak regionalism, strong borders

Leila Hadj Abdou

Abstract

The issue of immigration plays a central role in the processes of regionalization and regional integration. Given its growing contestation, migration also spurs processes of disintegration and regional political conflict. Focusing on North American regionalism, this chapter contributes to our understanding of why, and in which ways, the politics of immigration can be a barrier to integration and a driver of its unmaking. The analysis of the development of North American regionalism in the chapter underlines that the fortification of borders and the integration of markets are not necessarily to be understood as contradictory phenomena.

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