Immigration control policy is a burning issue in the domestic sphere and on the international scene. This book offers a theory of international immigration policy, based on an analysis of immigration policies in the United States, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. It explains how governments decide on the number of immigrants they will accept, whether to differentiate between various ethnic groups, whether to accept refugees and on what basis, and whether to favor permanent immigration over migrant workers. The book demonstrates how the interaction between socioeconomic trends, foreign policy considerations and the type of immigration shapes immigration control policies, and it evaluates the relative importance of each of these factors.
"Eytan Meyers fills a major hole in the scientific understanding of international migration by theorizing the interests and actions of the state. His systematic development and testing of theoretical models to explain which immigration policies are pursued under what circumstances and for what reasons represents a major advance in accounting not only for the political behavior of national governments, but the very nature of contemporary immigrant flows." - Douglas Massey, Princeton University
"This is a pioneering work, providing a clear and integrated theoretical framework for contemporary empirical data. Meyers interrelates global and domestic factors that exert joint influence on policy-making, providing an innovative overview of how immigration policies are made by liberal-democratic industrial states that have received significant migratory flows." - Christopher Mitchell, New York University
"Eytan Meyers provides a theoretically driven, comprehensive global framework for the comparative analysis of immigration policy. His solid case studies of the U.S., Britain, the Netherlands and Germany are historically informed yet bring the reader up-to-date on the latest developments. This book not only contributes a fresh perspective in comparative policy analysis but Meyers' convincing arguments on the centrality of the interdependence of socioeconomic and foreign policy factors ensure the book a prominent place in the international relations literature as well." - Rey Koslowski, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University