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Introduction

Samuel Martínez

in International Migration and Human Rights

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258211
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520258211.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter highlights the threats to migrants' rights and safety that flow from U.S. policies relating to immigration control, international trade, drug-trafficking suppression, and national security. Its contributors reach beyond consideration of immigration policy per se to encompass also the repercussions of U.S. global leadership in several fields. This study seeks to bring the state back into scholarly theorizing and analysis of international migration. It extends the discussion beyond the level of whole states and national populations around which much of the scholarly debate about immigration policy has revolved, to try to capture the realities of international migration as these are perceived by the individuals involved. International migration is most dramatically visible in its scale and its political and cultural effects.

Keywords: migrants' rights; immigration control; national populations; international migration; social transformations; restrictionism

Chapter.  8669 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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