Global Migration Governance

Paperback | November 11, 2012

EditorAlexander Betts

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Unlike many other trans-boundary policy areas, international migration lacks coherent global governance. There is no UN migration organization and states have signed relatively few multilateral treaties on migration. Instead sovereign states generally decide their own immigration policies.However, given the growing politicisation of migration and the recognition that states cannot always address migration in isolation from one another, a debate has emerged about what type of international institutions and cooperation are required to meet the challenges of international migration.Until now, though, that emerging debate on global migration governance has lacked a clear analytical understanding of what global migration governance actually is, the politics underlying it, and the basis on which we can make claims about what 'better' migration governance might look like.In order to address this gap, the book brings together a group of the world's leading experts on migration to consider the global governance of different aspects of migration. The chapters offer an accessible introduction to the global governance of low-skilled labour migration, high-skilled labourmigration, irregular migration, lifestyle migration, international travel, refugees, internally displaced persons, human trafficking and smuggling, diaspora, remittances, and root causes. Each of the chapters explores the three same broad questions: What, institutionally, is the global governance ofmigration in that area? Why, politically, does that type of governance exist? How, normatively, can we ground claims about the type of global governance that should exist in that area? Collectively, the chapters enhance our understanding of the international politics of migration and set out avision for international cooperation on migration.

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Unlike many other trans-boundary policy areas, international migration lacks coherent global governance. There is no UN migration organization and states have signed relatively few multilateral treaties on migration. Instead sovereign states generally decide their own immigration policies.However, given the growing politicisation of mi...

Alexander Betts is Director of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Global Migration Governance project, a Fellow of Wadham College, and Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the international politics of migration and refugee protection, with a geographical focus on Sub-Sahar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:November 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199653801

ISBN - 13:9780199653805

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1. Alexander Betts: Introduction: Global Migration Governance2. Christiane Kuptsch and Philip Martin: Low-Skilled Migration3. Alexander Betts and Lucie Cerna: High-Skilled Labour Migration4. Franck Duvell: Irregular Migration5. Rey Koslowski: International Travel6. Caroline Oliver: Lifestyle Migration7. Jane McAdam: Environmental Migration8. Gil Loescher and James Milner: UNHCR and the Global Governance of Refugees9. Khalid Koser: Internally Displaced Persons10. Susan Martin and Amber Callaway: Human Trafficking and Smuggling11. Anna Lindley: Remittances12. Alan Gamlen: Diasporas13. Stephen Castles and Nicholas Van Hear: Root CausesAlexander Betts: Conclusion