From anxiety about Muslim immigrants in Western Europe to
concerns about undocumented workers and cross-border security
threats in the United States, disputes over immigration have
proliferated and intensified in recent years. These debates are
among the most contentious facing constitutional democracies, and
they show little sign of fading away.
Edited and with an introduction by political scientist Rogers M.
Smith, Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs brings
together essays by leading international scholars from a wide range
of disciplines to explore the economic, cultural, political, and
normative aspects of comparative immigration policies. In the first
section, contributors go beyond familiar explanations of
immigration's economic effects to explore whose needs are truly
helped and harmed by current migration patterns. The concerns of
receiving countries include but are not limited to their economic
interests, and several essays weigh different models of managing
cultural identity and conflict in democracies with large immigrant
Other essays consider the implications of immigration for politics
and citizenship. In many nations, large-scale immigration
challenges existing political institutions, which must struggle to
foster political inclusion and accommodate changing ways of
belonging to the polity. The volume concludes with contrasting
reflections on the normative standards that should guide
immigration policies in modern constitutional democracies.
Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs develops connections
between thoughtful scholarship and public policy, thereby advancing
public debate on these complex and divisive issues. Though most
attention in the collection is devoted to the dilemmas facing
immigrant-receiving countries in the West, the volume also explores
policies and outcomes in immigrant-sending countries, as well as
the situation of developing nations-such as India-that are net
receivers of migrants.
Subjects: Political Science
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