2019 Best Book on the International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora
British International Studies Association (BISA)
2019 Best Book Prize in Migration and Citizenship, Honorable Mention
American Political Science Association (APSA)
2019 Stein Rokkan Prize in Comparative Social Science, Honorable Mention
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
In this ambitious study, Anna Boucher and Justin Gest present an unique analysis of immigration governance across thirty countries. Relying on a database of immigration demographics in the world’s most important destinations, they present a novel taxonomy and an analysis of what drives different approaches to immigration policy over space and time. In an era defined by inequality, populism, and fears of international terrorism, they find that governments are converging toward a “Market Model” that seeks immigrants for short- term labor with fewer outlets to citizenship— an approach that resembles the increasingly contingent nature of labor markets worldwide.
To read the book’s Preface, click here.
Extracts from Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change by Anna Boucher and Justin Gest. © Anna Boucher and Justin Gest 2018, published by Cambridge University Press, reproduced with permission.
Anna Boucher is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Gender, Migration, and the Global Race for Talent and numerous peer-reviewed articles. She is the holder of major research grants, including from the Australian Research Council. She frequently reports to governmental reviews on immigration matters and comments in the media on migration topics, including for the BBC, The Guardian, Die Zeit, The Australian Financial Review, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2007, she co- founded the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics.
Justin Gest is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. He is the author of The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality and Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West. He has authored many peer- reviewed articles in journals including Comparative Political Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the International Migration Review. and has provided analysis and commentary for numerous news organizations including the BBC, CNN, The Guardian, NPR, Politico, Reuters, and The Washington Post. In 2007, he co- founded the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics.
“An ambitious and indispensable resource. …Its depth and intellectual sophistication make it heads and shoulders above everything that has preceded it. Simply put, it is a book whose time has come.”
Anthony M. Messina
John R. Reitemeyer Professor of Political Science
“An instant point of reference. …Few books so well serve the interests of academics and policymakers alike.”
Susan L. Martin
Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita in International Migration
T. Alex Aleinikoff
Deputy High Commissioner (2010-2015)
United Nations High Commission for Refugees
The New York Times
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“Crossroads enriches the study of immigration demography and politics with a book that one can consult again and again when wanting teach about immigration regimes, debate whether there is a global push to limit immigration or rethink the applicability of other well-established classifications of immigration regimes.”
Ethnic and Racial Studies
“The book provides a highly welcome tour d’horizon of the dynamics that structure contemporary migration regimes and succeeds in delivering a strong argument on the increasing marketization of immigration. It will be highly useful to immigration scholars and practitioners who are keen to learn about the variations and convergence of immigration regimes around the world in a pedagogical and concise way.”
University of Amsterdam
International Migration Review
Kelsey P. Norman
The Developing Economies
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Based on the Crossroads Database, these interactive data visualizations serve as a convenient reference point, but also a vivd tool for teaching and learning. They were created with support from Harvard University’s Center for Geographical Analysis.
For the book’s Methodological Appendix, please click here.