Politics and Mass Immigration

Gary P. Freeman

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Politics and Mass Immigration

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This article analyses the political relevance of mass immigration focusing on migration into Western democracies in the last forty years. It discusses the issues of immigration control and immigration incorporation and argues that liberal states are torn in their approach to immigration and this indecision is reflected in policies that are an incoherent mix of aggressive restriction and active and passive acceptance. It suggests that ostentatious efforts by governments to control unwanted migration, however ineffective they may be, are necessary to raise public willingness to go along with the renewed recruitment of skilled migrants and reformulated programs to integrate existing immigrant communities.

Keywords: mass immigration; politics; Western democracies; immigration control; immigration incorporation; skilled migrants; immigrant communities

Article.  5432 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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