Back to the Future: Immigration Research, Immigration Policy, and Globalization in the Twenty-first Century

Douglas S. Massey, J. Edward Taylor

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Abstract

Today's international migrant flows are connected to broader processes of economic integration that for the past half century have been shrinking the globe. Places that are linked to one another by flows of goods, capital, commodities, and information also tend to be linked by flows of people, in a process that many people today refer to as "globalization." This realization suggests a third way between the extremes of an open border and draconian restrictions on international movement. Rather than attempting to discourage immigration through unilateral actions, policy makers should recognize immigration as a natural part of global economic integration and work multilaterally to manage it. International migration should thus be brought under the aegis of broader multilateral agreements regulating trade and investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Migration
Subtitle of host publicationProspects and Policies in a Global Market
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191601309
ISBN (Print)0199269009, 9780199269006
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance

Keywords

  • Globalization
  • Immigration policy
  • International migration
  • Labour migration
  • Multilateral agreements
  • Regulation
  • Trade

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