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Confronting Barriers to Immigration

Claudena M. Skran

in Refugees in Inter-War Europe

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198273929
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273929.003.0007
Confronting Barriers to Immigration

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This chapter discusses the impact of the international refugee regime on the breakdown of immigration barriers. It reveals that in the late 1930s many countries began amending their immigration laws to include preferential measures for favouring refugees. Although these initiatives did very little to change the restrictive character of world migration in the inter-war period, they contributed significantly to the development of the idea regarding the treatment of refugees as special migrants in immigration law. The chapter studies different changes which resulted in the acceptance of special treatment of refugees within a country's immigration policy.

Keywords: international refugee regime; immigration barriers; 1930s; immigration laws; preferential measures; restrictive character; world migration; inter-war period; special migrants; immigration policy

Chapter.  15522 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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