Introduction: Global Migration Governance

Alexander Betts

in Global Migration Governance

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199600458
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723544 | DOI:
Introduction: Global Migration Governance

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This Introduction offers a background to the global governance of migration. It argues that although there is no coherent UN-based multilateral framework regulating states' responses to migration, this is not to say that there is no global migration governance. Rather, global migration governance can be characterized by a fragmented tapestry of institutions at the bilateral, regional, inter-regional, and multilateral levels, which vary according to different types of migration. The Introduction provides a conceptual framework that can be applied to understand (a) what, institutionally, global migration governance is; (b) why, politically, it exists in the way that it does; (c) how, normatively, one can ground claims about ‘better’ global migration governance.

Keywords: global migration governance; international institutions; migration; politics; efficiency; equity; legitimacy; rights; United Nations; IOM

Chapter.  14633 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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