Dimensions of Immigration Policy

Marc R. Rosenblum and Wayne A. Cornelius

in Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195337228
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Dimensions of Immigration Policy


This article describes the various and evolving definitions of the immigration policy problem and lays out a taxonomy of policy responses. In reviewing the types of immigration and immigrant integration policies being implemented in the United States and other migrant-receiving countries, it also describes contemporary empirical patterns and concludes by reevaluating two hypotheses from previous research: the “convergence” hypothesis, which predicts that diverse migrant-receiving countries are moving toward common policy modes; and the “gap” hypothesis, which predicts a divergence between popular demands for tight migration policies and less restrictive immigration policy outputs and outcomes.

Keywords: immigration policies; immigrant integration; convergence hypothesis; gap hypothesis

Article.  12730 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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