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Asylum and State Sovereignty: A Comparison of the United States, Germany, and Britain

Christian Joppke

in Challenge to the Nation-State

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198292296
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599569 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292295.003.0005
 Asylum and State Sovereignty: A Comparison of the United States, Germany, and Britain

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This chapter analyses two claims on the capacity of states to control immigration: that this capacity is declining, and that this decline is related to the rise of an international human rights regime that restricts the ability of states to determine the entry and exit of migrants. The asylum policies of three major countries are studied: United States, Germany, and Britain. It is argued that asylum policy is conditioned by the dual and increasingly opposite nation-state principles of human rights protection and popular sovereignty; the strength of both varying with time and place.

Keywords: asylum policy; sovereignty; immigration policy; human rights; Britain; Germany; United States; nation-state

Chapter.  17961 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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