The Politics of Immigration in Western Europe

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This volume is devoted to an analysis of the emergence of immigration as a political issue. It focuses particularly on how the politics of immigration have been constructed and what have been the consequences of this construction for political structures and political behaviour in Western Europe. Specific coverage is given to questions of immigration and politics in France, the UK, Italy, Austria and Germany. The volume also deals with cross-national comparisons. Articles analyse such key questions as immigration policy development, state response to clandestine labour migration, the growing importance of immigrants as political actors, the impact of immigration on political parties, and emerging questions of national identity. In its entirety, this indexed collection provides both an overview and a detailed analysis of many aspects of the politics of immigration in Western Europe. Extensive statistical data are included, along with a Guide to Further Reading that includes the most recent studies, basic source material and classic studies on the politics of immigration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714641379
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

The Politics of Immigration: Introduction 1
The Politics of Immigration to Britain: East-West Migrations in the Twentieth Century 17
Recent Immigration Politics in Italy: A Short Story 33
How to Define a Foreigner? The Symbolic Politics of Immigration in German Partisan Discourse, 1978-1992 50
National Identity and Immigration in Austria - Historical Framework and Political Dispute 72
Immigrants as Political Actors in France 91
Integration in Theory and Practice: A Comparison of France and Britain 110
The Debate on Immigration and the Crisis of National Identity 127
Towards Understanding State Capacity to Prevent Unwanted Migrations 140
European Union Immigration Policy: Phantom, Fantasy or Fact? 168
Briefing Paper: Naturalisation Policies in Western Europe 192
Guide to Further Reading 197
Notes on Contributors 200
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