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The Political Economy of Managed MigrationNonstate Actors, Europeanization, and the Politics of Designing Migration Policies$
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Georg Menz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533886

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533886.001.0001

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Legacies of the Past and Currents of Change: Conundrums over Migration and Asylum

Legacies of the Past and Currents of Change: Conundrums over Migration and Asylum

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The Political Economy of Managed Migration
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533886.003.0002

This chapter submits the historical institutionalist argument that though past legacies of migration regulation leave an important imprint on national approaches, a critical juncture has now been reached, thus, migration policies are in flux and are being recast. The changing nature of the state and the embrace of competition state priorities lead to an economistic approach that divides migrants into desirable and undesirable categories. Therefore, securitization is increasingly defined not only in narrow societal terms but also in terms of economic vitality and competitiveness. Finally, the regulatory legacies in six European countries, namely, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom, and at the European Union level are then being analyzed.

Keywords:   competition state, critical juncture, historical institutionalism, regulatory legacies, securitization

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