1st Edition

Immigration in the 21st Century The Comparative Politics of Immigration Policy

By Terri Givens, Rachel Navarre Copyright 2020
    208 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Immigration policy is one of the most contentious issues facing policy makers in the twenty-first century. Immigration in the Twenty-First Century provides students with an in-depth introduction to the politics that have led to the development of different approaches over time to immigration policy in North America, Europe, and Australia. The authors draw on the work of the most respected researchers in the field of immigration politics as well as providing insights from their own research.

    The book begins by giving students an overview of the theoretical approaches used by political scientists and other social scientists to analyze immigration politics, as well as providing historical background to the policies that are affecting electoral politics. A comparative politics approach is used to develop the context that explains the ways that immigration has affected politics and how politics has affected immigration policy in migrant-receiving countries. Topics such as party politics, labor migration, and citizenship are examined to provide a broad basis for understanding policy changes over time.

    Immigration remains a contentious issue, not only in American politics, but around the globe. The authors describe the way that immigrants are integrated, their ability to become citizens, and their role in democratic politics. This broad-ranging yet concise book allows students to gain a better understanding of the complexities of immigration politics and the political forces defining policy today.

    Features of this Innovative Text

      • Covers hot topics including party politics, labor migration, assimilation, and citizenship both in the United States as well as globally.

      • Consistent chapter pedagogy includes chapter introductions, conclusions, key terms and references.

      • An author-hosted Website is updated regularly: www.terrigivens.com/immigrationresources

      1. Introduction: The Complex Landscape of Immigration Policy and Politics

      2. Immigration and Politics: Explaining Outcomes 

      3. Histories of Immigration Politics: The United States, Formed by Immigration

      4. Histories of Immigration Politics: Britain and France, From Colonies to Immigrants

      5. Histories of Immigration: Germany and Newer Countries of Immigration

      6. Party Politics: Left vs. Right Competition on Immigration Policy

      7. The Politics of Labor Migration: From Farm Workers to Highly Skilled

      8. Citizenship: Nation Building and Recognition

      9. Immigrant Integration: From Migrant to Settler

      10. Conclusion: The Ongoing Dynamics of Immigration Politics


      Terri E. Givens is the former provost at Menlo College and Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She has written extensively on immigration politics, the radical right, and antidiscrimination policy in Europe, and is a Senior Fellow with the Center for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). She is most recently the author of Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (2014) and is a regular blogger and commentator for a variety of outlets. She has been teaching courses and speaking on the politics of immigration policy for over 20 years.

      Rachel Navarre is Assistant Professor of political science at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in Government and specializes in the fields of comparative politics and public policy. After completing her degree, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her research focuses on comparative public policy, specifically issues of framing and issue definition; immigration policy and politics; regional governance; populism; and content analysis.

      Pete Mohanty is a data scientist at Google. He was previously a science, engineering & education fellow and lecturer in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University. He holds a PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied comparative immigration politics in Europe and where he was advised and mentored by Terri E. Givens. Pete's research adapts recently developed statistical methods and models to the challenges of comparative research, especially how xenophobia affects political behavior.

      A brilliant, comprehensive textbook on the comparative politics of immigration—a tour de force.  Easily accessible and highly readable, this book sets the standard for the field and will be used in classes across the globe.

      --James F. Hollifield, Southern Methodist University and Global Fellow, Wilson Center

      International migration is one of the most contentious political issues of the 21st century, especially in wealthy democracies that are the preferred destinations for millions of migrants each year. Givens and her colleagues focus on the politics of immigration control in these countries, with an emphasis on electoral politics, including the role that migrants themselves play in the political system. The authors bring a comparative approach to their presentation, allowing students to understand the variation in policy choices across countries. This will be the text of choice for students as it describes the centrality of political decisions in governing international migration flows today.

      --Jeannette Money, University of California—Davis

      For students and scholars interested in the politics of immigration, this is the place to begin. The three core chapters on the histories of immigration provide a rich foundation for understanding both policies  and the differences of policy outcomes that are outlined and analyzed in this excellent book. 

      --Martin A. Schain, New York University

      Immigration in the 21st Century provides an engaging and comprehensive introduction to immigration politics and policy. Taking readers from North America to Europe and Australia, this book is impressive in its sweep, clarity, and insight. 

      --Daniel J. Tichenor, University of Oregon