The Global Politics of Migration

Each day thousands of people cross international borders.  In some cases they are following perilous routes across sea or land frontiers in an effort to escape conflict and persecution. Canadians witness tragedies unfolding in contexts such as the Mediterranean, South Asia and East Africa from a distance, but more recently much smaller numbers of individuals have crossed the Canada-US border to claim asylum in the wake of the policies of the Trump administration. In other cases people have moved for economic purposes. Indeed Canada and other countries in the global north have engaged in a global race to attract the ‘best and brightest’ by opening the door for skilled migrants while imposing barriers to those ‘less desired’.  These developments are indicative of how international migration has emerged as a critical global issue that affects countries in the global north and south.  More than 250 million people now live outside their country of birth. They include economic migrants, students, family members and refugees. Cross border movements have prompted political scientists to consider a variety of issues.  Some of these are governance issues:  How are movements governed and managed? What should be the response of the international state system? Can states address questions of inclusion and exclusion?  But increasingly scholarly attention is also directed at human security issues, migrant rights and social activism as well as the ethical and normative concerns that cross border mobility raises and the challenge of finding workable and just solutions.

Select Courses Include

PSCI 1501 Politics of Migration
PSCI 3608 Migration Governance
PSCI 4610 Politics of Migration Management
PSCI 4807 Migration and Mobility: Politics of Citizenship and Identity
PSCI 4817 International Politics of Forced Migration
PSCI 5209 Migration and Global Politics
PSCI 5915 Special Topics in Political Science: “Between Here and There: The Political Incorporation of Immigrants” (offered F18)

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Select Recent Publications

Gabriel, Christina. 2014. “Managed Migration and the Temporary Labour Fix.” In Liberating Temporariness: Imagining Alternatives to Permanence as a Pathway for Social Inclusion. Editors Valerie Preston, Robert Latham, Leah Vosko. Montreal-Kingston: McGill Queens

Gabriel, Christina and Laura Macdonald. “After the International Organization for Migration: Recruitment of Guatemalan Agricultural Workers to Canada.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Geiger, Martin and Pecoud, Antoine (2013), “International Organizations and the Politics of Migration“, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 40(6): 865-887.

Milner, James.“Power in the Global Refugee Regime: Understanding Expressions and Experiences of Power in Global and Local Contexts”Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, Vol. 33, no. 1, March 2017, with Krystyna Wojnarowicz.

Sahadeo, Jeff.Black Snouts Go Home! Migration and Race in Late Soviet Leningrad and MoscowJournal of Modern History 88, no. 4 (2016): 797-826

Walters, William. 2017. ‘Aviation as Deportation Infrastructure: Airports, Planes, and Expulsion’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1401517

Bilodeau, Antoine, and Stephen White. “Trust among recent immigrants in Canada: Levels, roots and implications for immigrant integration.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42, no. 8 (2016): 1317-1333.

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