Immigration Challenges the Nation‐State

Christian Joppke

in Challenge to the Nation-State

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198292296
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599569 | DOI:
 Immigration Challenges the Nation‐State

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This chapter discusses the two main challenges posed by immigration to the nation-state: sovereignty and citizenship. It examines two opposing views on the origins of the current migration crisis, where Western states accept more (de facto) immigrants than their respective policies allow — globally limited sovereignty and self-limited sovereignty. The challenge to citizenship as a legal status, associated with the rise of post-national membership, is distinguished from the challenge to citizenship as an identity, which is associated with multicultural identity politics.

Keywords: immigration; nation-state; sovereignty; citizenship; globally limited sovereignty; self-limited sovereignty; post-national membership; multiculturalism

Chapter.  16815 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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