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The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe

1st Edition

Edited by Agnieszka Weinar, Saskia Bonjour, Lyubov Zhyznomirska


466 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe provides a rigorous and critical examination of what is exceptional about the European politics of migration and the study of it.

Crucially, this book goes beyond the study of the politics of migration in the handful of Western European countries to showcase a European approach to the study of migration politics, inclusive of tendencies in all geographical parts of Europe (including Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans, Turkey) and of influences of the European Union (EU) on countries in Europe and beyond. Each expert chapter reviews the state of the art field of studies on a given topic or question in Europe as a continent while highlighting any dimensions in scholarly debates that are uniquely European. Thematically organised, it permits analytically fruitful comparisons across various geographical entities within Europe and broadens the focus on European immigration politics and policies beyond the traditional limitations of Western European, immigrant-receiving societies.

The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe will be essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners involved in, and actively concerned about, research on migration, and European and EU Politics.


"This intelligent and comprehensive collection offers a penetrating analysis of the ‘politics of migration’ in Europe, as the continent deals with its associated cultural, social, economic and IR consequences. The contributors here offer refreshing practical and normative insights to the management of this critical issue confronting contemporary societies, states, and the European Union." - Gallya Lahav, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA.

"Historical traditions, geographical diversity and multilevel governance have long since eluded observers of European migration politics. This Handbook is a great resource for anyone interested in understanding the breadth and depth of developments at local, regional, national and supranational levels on issues ranging from migration and asylum to integration." - Maarten Vink, Professor of Political Science, Maastricht University, Netherlands.

"This Handbook offers a panoramic survey of the development, the achievements and the gaps of migration and refugee policies in Europe. The emergence of an EU competence in the matter is put in a historical perspective and scrutinized from various thematic, institutional and geographic angles. The result is not only a comprehensive up-to-date analysis of current policies but also a book that stimulates a deeper understanding of this complex field." - Sandra Lavenex, Professor of Political Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

"The handbook provides a comprehensive starting point for students and scholars interested in different aspects of migration and refugee politics in the European context." - Hanna Tuominen, University of Turku, Finland

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Case for Regional Approach to Study Politics of Migration [Agnieszka Weinar, Saskia Bonjour and Lyubov Zhyznomirska]

Part I: Governance

1. Migration Governance in Europe: A Historical Perspective [Adam Luedtke]

2. Research on the Multi-Level Governance of Migration and Migrant Integration: Reversed Pyramids [Ilke Adam and Tiziana Caponio]

3. Politics of Emigration in Europe [Agnieszka Weinar]

4. Beyond Methodological Western-centrism: The ‘Control Gap’ Debate Reconsidered from a Global Perspective [Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas]

5. Implementing Migration Policies: New Research Policies in a Europeanizing Context [Nora Dörrenbächer and Tineke Strik]

6. Expertise, Governing and Migration in Europe [Emma Carmel and Hester Kan]

7. Media and Immigration: A Political Communication Perspective [Rens Vliegenthart]

Section Commentary [Mikołaj Pawlak]

Part II: Institutions

8. The Role of Courts and Legal Norms [Rebecca Hamlin and Hillary Mellinger]

9. EU Institutions: Venue for Restrictions or Liberal Constraint? [Ariadna Ripoll Servent]

10. The Party Politics of Migration [Pontus Odmalm]

11. The Participation, Mobilization and Political Representation of Migrants in Europe [Pierre Monforte and Laura Morales]

Section Commentary [Konrad Pędziwiatr and Witold Klaus]

Part III: Integration

12. The Governance of Citizenship and Belonging in Europe and the European Union [Costica Dumbrava]

13. Beyond National Models: Comparing Migrant Integration Regimes [Christophe Bertossi and Jan Willem Duyvendak]

14. The Civic Integration Turn [Sara W. Goodman]

15. Family Migration and Membership [Anne-Marie D'Aoust]

Section Commentary [Katya Ivaschenko-Stadnik]

Part IV: Irregular Migration

16. Politics of Irregular Migration in Europe: Moving beyond an EU-driven Research Agenda [Lyubov Zhyznomirska]

17. Border Management in Europe: Europeanization and its Discontents [Karolina S. Follis]

18. Risk Analysis as a Governance Tool in European Border Control [Regine Paul]

19. Security, Industry, and Migration in European Border Control [Martin Lemberg-Pedersen]

20. Return and Readmission Policy in Europe: Understanding Negotiation and Implementation Dynamics [Florian Trauner]

21. A Spurious Relationship? Assisted Voluntary Return and Development [Katie Kuschminder]

Section Commentary [Artur Gruszczak]

Part V: Asylum and International Protection

22. The Historical Development of Refugee Protection in Europe [Phil Orchard]

23. Contemporary Politics of International Protection in Europe: From Protection to Prevention [Petra Bendel]

24. Does European Refugee Policy Exist? Regional Dimensions of the Refugee Protection Approach in Europe [Joanne van Selm]

25. A Common European Asylum System? How Variation in Member States’ Administrative Capacity Undermines EU Asylum Harmonisation [Natascha Zaun]

Section Commentary [Anne Wetzel]

Part VI: Labour Migration in European Context

26. The Labour Market Impacts of Immigration in Europe [Ravi Parekh and Carlos Vargas-Silva]

27. Allowing Refugees to Work or Not? Policies and the Economic Integration of Refugees in the EU [Sonja Fransen and Kim Caarls]

28. The Politics of Care Work and Migration [Franca van Hooren, Birgit Apitzsch and Clémence Ledoux]

29. Migration and the Welfare state [Igor Jakubiak and Paweł Kaczmarczyk]

Section Commentary [Agnieszka Fihel]

Part VII: Pan-European Cooperation on Migration Management

30. The Politics of EU External Migration Policy [Natasja Reslov]

31. International Organisations and Politics of Migration in Europe [Marta Jaroszewicz]

32. The EU’s Visa Liberalisation Policy: What Kind of Transformative Power in Neighbouring Regions? [Laure Delcour]

33. The Evolution of Governance and Financing of Migration and Development Policy and

Politics in Europe [Marieke van Houte]

Section Commentary [Agnieszka Weinar]

Part VIII: Researching Migration in Europe

34. Apples and Oranges? Politics of Data Sources on Migration in Europe [Anna Di Bartolomeo]

35. Analysis of Discourses and Rhetoric in European Migration Politics [Susana Martínez Guillem and Ivana Cvetkovic]

About the Editors

Agnieszka Weinar is an Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute of European Union and Russian Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Saskia Bonjour is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in the Netherlands and in Europe.

Lyubov Zhyznomirska is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Mary’s University, Canada. She works at the intersection of migration studies in Europe, the politics of post-Soviet countries, and European Union politics.

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