Immigration and the State Fear, Greed and Hospitality
Balch, Alex. author.

Immigration and the State Fear, Greed and Hospitality

Balch, Alex. author.


Personal Author
Balch, Alex. author.

Physical Description
XI, 308 p. online resource.

Introduction -- Chapter 1. A ‘migrant crisis’? -- Chapter 2. ‘The Human Rights deficit -- Chapter 3. Illiberal liberalism -- Chapter 4. Immigration politics in the UK and US -- Chapter 5. 18th-20th Century: Pulling up the drawbridge -- Chapter 6. 21st century: attrition by enforcement -- Chapter 7. Fear -- Chapter 8. Greed -- Chapter 9. Hospitality -- Conclusion.

This book examines how and why liberalism and human rights have proven insufficient to protect immigrants. Contemporary immigration systems are characterized by increasing complexity and expanding enforcement, and frequently criticized for violating human rights and for causing death, exclusion and exploitation. The ‘migrant crisis’ can also be understood as a crisis of hospitality for liberal democracies. Through analysis of the immigration histories and political dynamics of Britain and the US, the book explains how these two archetypal liberal states have both sought to create a hostile environment for unwanted immigrants. The book provides a fresh and original perspective on the development of immigration systems, showing how they have become subject to the politics of fear and greed, and revealing how different traditions of hospitality have evolved, survived, and renewed. Alex Balch is Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, UK. His work focuses on the politics and policy of immigration, and efforts to combat forced labour and human trafficking. He has worked with a range of government and non-government organisations on research projects and regularly contributes to public debates. He is a member of the Forced Labour Monitoring Group (FLMG). .

Subject Term
Political science.
Public policy.
Great Britain -- Politics and government.
United States -- Politics and government.
Emigration and immigration.
Social justice.
Human rights.
Political Science and International Relations.
British Politics.
US Politics.
Social Justice, Equality and Human Rights.

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