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Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration
Perspectives of Control from Five Continents

ISBN 9781138251991
Published October 30, 2016 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Labour migration has been on the agenda of many countries around the globe at the same time as governments of both sending and receiving countries have been trying to develop regulatory mechanisms. This book opens the debate on the global politics of labour migration by proposing a re-assessment of the interaction between states regarding labour migration. Presenting case-specific scholarship from leading experts from five different continents, each contribution engages with the changing landscape of migration control and teases out emerging control patterns, dynamics and correlations that can be made between them and existing control paradigms. The multidisciplinary and global focus in 'Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration' sheds much needed light on the mechanisms deployed by states in their attempts to control labour migration and on the manner in which these mechanisms impact upon migrants themselves, leaving some caught up in the politics of labour market control



Elspeth Guild and Sandra Mantu, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


'This is a welcome and timely edited collection offering an interdisciplinary, comparative perspective on labour migration governance both at a national level and in the context of regional economic and political integration systems. Importantly, the volume goes a long way towards dispelling some of the myths of labour migration control that are frequently laid claim to by States.' Ryszard Cholewinski, International Migration Programme, Switzerland 'This is an incisive and timely comparative analysis of the claims different states make about their ability to control labour migrations and the experiences individuals have of these controls.' Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University, UK ’Labour migration control is a topical issue in Europe and beyond. One example is the European Commission’s Communication on Migration (2011), which states that the European Union needs ’targeted immigration’ to fulfil its ’labour needs’, but must ’prevent large number of economic migrants crossing the borders irregularly’. For those who wish to examine such statements from a critical and original perspective, Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration is a valuable read... Existing analyses of migration policy tend to focus either on regional clusters of countries, or on Europe and the Anglo-Saxon settler countries, complemented at best with case studies on Japan or South Korea. This book steps up to the daunting challenge of offering a truly global perspective on labour migration control on all five continents...’ Journal of Common Market Studies 'The book will be of interest to those involved in global migration debates, policy analysts and researchers alike. Applying Michel Foucault’s conceptualisations of regulatory and disciplinary power at places, the case analyses in the book operate both on levels of discourses and practices, discussing the ’grand narratives’ of migration particular to each region... The idea of presenting ’policy narratives’ is ap