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Political Geography

Volume 48,

September 2015

, Pages 143-145


This editorial introduces the Virtual Special Issue on the Politics of Migration by presenting a review of migration and refugee related articles published in Political Geography. We have identified two major shifts in scope during the last 30 years. First, the scalar focus has changed from nation-state policies to supranational migration agreements and transnational migrant experiences. Second, the theoretical focus has moved from geopolitics to biopolitics. Ten selected articles illustrate three central themes: regulation of migration, practices of border enforcement and migrant experiences.

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Migration is an acute and highly political topic in contemporary societies all over the world. There are currently heated discussions over work-based migration, refugee quotas in European countries, and border enforcement measures taken and planned by the EU in the Mediterranean. Migration trends and policies were among the most-discussed topics in national elections in Europe in Spring 2015, with anti-immigration parties in a number of countries, such as Finland, Denmark and the UK, gaining increased attention and support. In the US, the issues of undocumented migrants and family detention have been the subject of debate and protest. In addition to debates in Europe and North America there are, according to UNHCR, currently more than 51 million displaced people in the world. Most of these people, 86%, are located in less developed countries and around half of the displaced population are children and young people. These different types of movements of people are political by their very nature. This claim does not only apply to national or transnational political fields of governing movement, but also to the banal, everyday life practices and struggles of several precarious groups such as undocumented migrants and refugees.

The question of migration has always been important for political geographers. The scale of this interest is evident in Political Geography, where we identified close to 90 articles relating to immigration, migration, migrants and refugees since the journal began publication in 1982. Some of these were contained in two related special issues: on the geopolitics of migration (2002, 21: 8), and on state-diaspora relations (2014, 41). In addition, a special issue on reconceptualizing the state (2004, 23: 3) drew heavily on studies of migration and migrants. Since 2000, the number of individual articles on migration and refugee-related topics has increased significantly, with 66 published in the last 15 years.

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The changing political geographies of migration

By looking at the substance of the articles published in Political Geography, we identify two major shifts in scope over the last 30 years. First, the scalar focus has changed from the politico-territorial regulation of nation-state policies on immigration to supranational migration frameworks and transnational practices and experiences. Second, the theoretical framing has moved from geopolitics to biopolitics. Authors discuss the globally structured and governed micro-politics of lived

Regulating migration: from national mandate to supranational scope

During the 1980s, the marked increase in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers from Asia and Africa started a development which has led to several restrictive national legislations in Europe and North America. Wood (1989) stressed that nation-states tried to predict migration flows through push and pull factors, but noted that intervening forces, such as the worsening of the local economy, were often not considered. These control efforts started to build geoeconomic fortresses and ever

Border enforcement and biometric governing of movement

The shift in research interest from geopolitics to biopolitics is evident among political geographers focusing on border enforcement. Since the early 2000s, biometric border control and the biopolitics of the body have been widely theorized and studied. Governing the movement of people means that bodies become sources and targets of surveillance and prediction: who is a trusted body on the move and who is not. As Amoore (2006: 343) argues, “immigrant biometrics is based on ongoing surveillance

Tracing the spatialities of migrant experiences

Published work on the spatialities of migrant experiences is particularly useful for demonstrating the changing scalar focus. While the nation-state remains an important actor, its role and significance varies, and other scales of analysis are incorporated, often in an intersectional way. In an early article, Jackson (1992) discusses Caribana, an annual Caribbean festival in Toronto that began in 1967 and continues to the present day. Jackson's focus, influenced by the cultural turn, is


As this brief overview shows, political geographers have shown a broad interest in the processes constituting migration, border enforcement and migrant experiences, and geographic approaches to migration more generally have been strongly influenced by their work (see Samers, 2010: 180–298). Scholars have used a variety of onto-epistemological frameworks to show migration as multiscalar and as multidimensional. In turn, they have used these insights to provide new perspectives on political

Conflict of interest

The authors whose names are listed immediately below certify that they have NO affiliations with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial interest (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers' bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest; and expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements), or non-financial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs) in


The authors wish to acknowledge support from the Department of Geography at Maynooth University. Kuusisto-Arponen wishes to thank Academy of Finland (projects SA 266161 and SA 272168).

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What is the effect of migration in terms of its political impact? ›

Migrants eventually induce social, economic, and political problems in receiving countries, including 1) increases in the population, with adverse effects on existing social institutions; 2) increases in demand for goods and services; 3) displacement of nationals from occupations in the countryside and in the cities; 4 ...

What are the 4 theories of migration? ›

There are social, economic, political, and demographic causes for migration. Poverty, unemployment are some social causes for migration. War, terrorism, inequality, are some political causes for migration.

What are the types of migration? ›

What are the types of migration?
  • Internal migration: moving within a state, country, or continent.
  • External migration: moving to a different state, country, or continent.
  • Emigration: leaving one place to move to another.
  • Immigration: moving into a new place.
  • Return migration: moving back to where you came from.

What are some negative effects of migration? ›

Negative impacts on the destination location
  • Pressure on public services such as schools, housing, and healthcare.
  • Overcrowding.
  • Language and cultural barriers can exist.
  • Increased levels of pollution.
  • Increased pressure on natural resources.
  • Racial tensions and discrimination.

What are the political reasons for migration? ›

But apart from economic factors, there are political factors that cause people to move from their home country to another country. War, persecution and the absence of political rights are the predominant political factors in migration.

What does political migration mean? ›

Political migration is any migration motivated primarily by political interests. Typically, political migration is in one of two classes, private or government, depending on who encourages the migration. Political migrations differs from other migrations by attempting to change aspects of a political system.

Why is migration important? ›

Migration is important for the transfer of manpower and skills and provides the needed knowledge and innovation for global growth. In order to address the issues raised by global migration, it is necessary to improve international coordination.

How does migration affect the economy? ›

For a sending country, migration and the resulting remittances lead to increased incomes and poverty reduction, and improved health and educational outcomes, and promote economic development. Yet these gains might come at substantial social costs to the migrants and their families.

What is mean by migrations? ›

Definition of migrate

to go from one country, region, or place to another. to pass periodically from one region or climate to another, as certain birds, fishes, and animals: The birds migrate southward in the winter. to shift, as from one system, mode of operation, or enterprise to another.

What is migration in economic? ›

Economic migration is the movement of people from one country to another to benefit from greater economic opportunities in the receiving country.

What is migration in social? ›

Migration refers to the movement of people from one location to another.

How can we control migration? ›

Following measures can check the migration of rural people towards urban: Better health facilities in rural area Job opportunities in rural areas Social Security
  1. Better health facilities in rural area.
  2. Job opportunities in rural areas.
  3. Social Security.

How does migration affect society? ›

For a sending country, migration and the resulting remittances lead to increased incomes and poverty reduction, improve health and educational outcomes, and promote productivity and access to finance. Although individual variation exists, the economic impact is primarily and substantially positive.

How does migration affect the world? ›

Migration raises world GDP, in particular by raising productivity. Average per capita incomes of natives increase as their skills are complemented with those of migrants. Remittances from abroad lift income per capita in the origin countries, helping to offset the potentially negative effects of emigration.

Why is migration a social problem? ›

As an issue of social, economic, and political issues, migration has attracted a lot of responses from different people, individuals, and groups. The most dominant social problems result from the place of destination to within the place of destination. This implies migration within and outside the country.

What are the political factors? ›

Political factors involve the decisions and laws that governments make.
Political factors
  • tax.
  • laws.
  • political stability.

What are the main political barriers to international migration? ›

Political barriers, such as immigration laws, may prevent migration and keep some people out of a country. For example, some governments close their borders and allow only certain types of people into their country.

What are political pull factors? ›

Push factors “push” people away from their home and include things like war. Pull factors “pull” people to a new home and include things like better opportunities. The reasons people migrate are usually economic, political, cultural, or environmental.

Is migration related to politics? ›

International migration is an increasingly important part of world politics. However, despite its inherently political and inherently international nature, it remains relatively neglected by scholars of International Relations in comparison to other trans-boundary issue-areas.

How does migration help a country? ›

Economic growth

 Migration boosts the working-age population.  Migrants arrive with skills and contribute to human capital development of receiving countries. Migrants also contribute to technological progress. Understanding these impacts is important if our societies are to usefully debate the role of migration.

How important is migration to people's lives? ›

Migration helps in improving the quality of life of people. It helps to improve social life of people as they learn about new culture, customs, and languages which helps to improve brotherhood among people. Migration of skilled workers leads to a greater economic growth of the region.

What are the causes and impact of migration? ›

Host country
A richer and more diverse cultureIncreasing cost of services such as health care and education
Helps to reduce any labour shortagesOvercrowding
Migrants are more prepared to take on low paid, low skilled jobsDisagreements between different religions and cultures

How does migration change culture? ›

We find that migration leads to an increase in cultural similarity between host and home country and provide evidence that this cultural convergence is caused by a diffusion of values and norms from the host to the home country, i.e. cultural remittances.

What is migration Wikipedia? ›

Migration is the travelling of long distances in search of a new habitat. The trigger for the migration may be local climate, local availability of food, or the season of the year. To be counted as a true migration, and not just a local dispersal, the movement should be an annual or seasonal event.

What is migration Class 9? ›

Migration is the movement of people across regions and territories. Migration can be internal (within the country) or international (between the countries). Internal migration does not change the size of the population but influences the distribution of population within the nation.

How does migration affect population? ›

With increasing migration, the population distribution between locations changes, including the critical behavior of extinction of population for some locations for a specific set of the rules. Then, the deserted location may become populated again if the migration is still increasing as result of a pressure to move.

What is migration in Brainly? ›

Migration is the movement of either people or animals from one area to another. Migration can be used for the journey from one place to another or for the act of movement. grendeldekt and 8 more users found this answer helpful.

What factors affect migration? ›

Among the 'macro-factors', the political, demographic, socio-economic and environmental situations are major contributors to migration. These are the main drivers of forced migration, either international or internal, and largely out of individuals' control.

What are economic reasons for migration? ›

Demographic and economic migration is related to labour standards, unemployment and the overall health of a country's' economy. Pull factors include higher wages, better employment opportunities, a higher standard of living and educational opportunities.

What is the problem of migration? ›

However, people migrating for work face key challenges including: i) lack of social security and health benefits and poor implementation of minimum safety standards law, ii) lack of portability of state-provided benefits especially food provided through the public distribution system (PDS) and iii) lack of access to ...

How can government prevent urban migration? ›

Rural-urban migration may be reduced by interventions which increase cultivatable land, equalize land or income distribution, or decrease fertility.

Can government do anything to solve the problem of migration? ›

Following measures can be taken by the government to solve the problems of migrations are : 1. Address the drivers of involuntary migration and create more legal avenues of migration. 2. Go back to the basics, to the historically positive nature of migration.

How can migration improve our community? ›

They allow countries to raise necessary funds, such as after disasters, whilst avoiding accumulating debt from expensive lenders. Moreover, migrants also enhance economic development and productivity in their home countries through foreign direct investments and the creation of new businesses.

Is migration good for economy? ›

Migration also delivers major economic benefits to home countries. While migrants spend most of their wages in their host countries – boosting demand there – they also tend to send money to support families back home. Such remittances have been known to exceed official development assistance.

How does migration shape the country's political and economic stability? ›

For a sending country, migration and the resulting remittances lead to increased incomes and poverty reduction, improve health and educational outcomes, and promote productivity and access to finance. Although individual variation exists, the economic impact is primarily and substantially positive.

What is migration and its effects? ›

Migration is a way to move from one place to another in order to live and work. Movement of people from their home to another city, state or country for a job, shelter or some other reasons is called migration. Migration from rural areas to urban areas has increased in past few years in India.

What are the economic impacts of migration? ›

Migration raises world GDP, in particular by raising productivity. Average per capita incomes of natives increase as their skills are complemented with those of migrants. Remittances from abroad lift income per capita in the origin countries, helping to offset the potentially negative effects of emigration.

What are the factors that affect migration? ›

Migration is a global phenomenon caused not only by economic factors, but also by social, political, cultural, environmental, health, education and transportation factors.

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This is especially true as productivity growth has often become more regionally concentrated in these economies, with these regional clusters driving a higher portion of aggregate productivity growth.. The contemporary politics of migration poses real economic risks.. Changes in attitudes towards migration are disconnected from economics.. Second are perceptions of aggregate scarcity, and the degree to which key economic resources, such as public services and jobs, are seen as under pressure.. These political forces are driving this disruption, and immigration is the central policy issue being used to drive disruption and instability.

In reading this special issue we gain a remarkably insightful glimpse of the important role that immigration policy has played, and will continue to play, in several important aspects of contemporary American life.  After eight years of the Bush Administration, a new immigration policy is poised to rise again from the ashes of the infamous Sensenbrenner Bill.  A fresh political and economic context ensures this.  

At the center of its deliberations will be three related issues: the costs of immigration; border control and the war on terror; and the growing influence of Latinos.. 7The first, and most contentious, of the background issues that will influence America’s future immigration policy is the anticipated costs of undocumented immigrants.. Political debate in the United States (not to mention most of the developed world) is remarkably myopic when it comes to immigration.. In choosing these three examples, I do not mean to suggest that all economists believe that the benefits of greater immigration outweigh the costs.. Indeed, existing border controls have not been effective at stopping other attempts at terrorist infiltration into the US (or other countries, for that matter).. It is also the reason that immigration policy lends itself so readily to political grandstanding.. In light of the above-mentioned (and often misleading) assumptions about the costs of immigration to local political authorities, it is rather remarkable to find several of America’s largest cities willing to provide sanctuary to undocumented workers.. 21Another issue that will certainly be considered when the US Congress returns to deliberate on a new immigration policy is the growing influence of America’s Latino population.. 28In Heiskanen’s portrayal of these political debates we see commentators on the left and the right struggle with how to interpret this important new and Latino voice in American politics, in the wake of the May Day protests.. 33What follows are three contributions that examine the contentious nature of contemporary immigration policy in the United States.

Analysis in English on World and 19 other countries about Climate Change and Environment, Education, Drought, Epidemic and more; published on 18 Jun 2020 by Govt. USA

DEAR COLLEAGUES: The United States must revive its global and moral leadership to address the urgent plight of millions of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict, violence, persecution, and severe climate-related events.. More than ever before, conflict and violence are driving people from their homes and forcing them to live decades in displacement.. The result of this research is a comprehensive report that lays bare the facts of today’s global forced migration crisis, the drivers of displacement, the trends impacting the situations of forced migrants, the international community’s response, and the Trump administration’s retreat.. The report also makes timely recommendations for Congress, the Executive Branch, the United Nations, and other stakeholders to improve policies on forced migration.. Given the scale of today’s forced migration crisis, these efforts also underscore a need for collaborative action and widespread rethinking across all sectors—government, finance, and private companies—in order to comprehensively address the crisis.. Congress should authorize the expanded use of sanctions and other tools against perpetrators of international humanitarian law violations and those who deny aid access for life-saving assistance.. Both Congress and the Executive Branch must ensure that protections afforded to refugees, IDPs, and other forced migrants by international and national laws are upheld within, at, and outside our borders.. • The United States must promote global cooperation efforts to address the forced migration crisis.. • The United Nations should take further action to enforce international humanitarian law and improve protections for forced migrants.

The United Kingdom has faced changing immigration patterns over the last two decades driven largely by EU migration, and political upheaval caused by the rise of the United Kingdom Independence Party and the Scottish National Party. Upcoming general elections in May 2015 will have a significant impact not only on immigration policies but the United Kingdom's place in the European Union.

Immigration is a key political issue, brought about through major changes in immigration patterns over the past two decades, significant policy changes that have failed to reassure the public, and the rise as a political force of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)—which has pressed for a temporary ban on new immigration.. This article briefly reviews the politics of immigration in the United Kingdom since 2010 before examining whether immigration will impact the election and exploring how immigration politics will develop in the future, particularly in regard to the United Kingdom’s place in Europe.. Immigration was a substantive political issue in the last national election in the United Kingdom five years ago, and has been since at least 2000.. Ed Miliband and his team first offered an extended mea culpa for their party’s failure to control immigration sufficiently, followed by broad acceptance of the Conservative position (except for a net migration target below 100,000) on economic migration.. The 2010 election produced an unusual result: a coalition government between the then official opposition party, the Conservative Party, and the much smaller third party in UK politics, the Liberal Democrat Party.. Immigration received two pledges: an ending of child detention for immigration purposes—a commitment demanded by the Liberal Democrats—and a pledge to reduce the level of net migration to the “tens of thousands,” insisted upon by the Conservatives.. This commitment was not set out in detail but had been Conservative leader David Cameron’s signature policy in the election campaign and had proved popular, with the Conservative Party taking a huge lead over all other parties on the immigration issue.. In particular, two political trends upended the coalition agreement and changed the political dynamics: first, the rise of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and second, the ascendance of the Scottish National Party (SNP).. Established in 1993 in opposition to the Maastrict Treaty and Britain’s entry into the European Union, UKIP had been a largely fringe force, campaigning on a euroskeptic platform, and tending to win power only in European elections (previously winning seats to the European Parliament in May 2009), which are considered second-tier elections in the United Kingdom.. The legislation was tough but it failed to halt the rise of UKIP, which became the largest party from the United Kingdom in the European Parliament in the European elections.. Instead, political forecasts suggest that the two major parties will take 265 to 300 seats each with the Liberal Democrats holding 18 to 30 seats, UKIP winning two to eight seats, and the Green Party zero to two seats.. However, a much larger issue hangs over this election and has become intrinsically linked in public debates to immigration: the United Kingdom’s role in the European Union (EU).. British lawmakers have long questioned the United Kingdom’s place in the European Union, securing a number of opt-outs from the Union on various policy issues, including on certain migration directives.. A European referendum in the United Kingdom would be defining for nearly every sector of the economy and society and yet it appears increasingly likely that the main compass points in any referendum will not be on economic wealth issues but cultural issues including immigration and identity concerns.

Blake Masters, a top candidate in Arizona’s Republican primary for the Senate, has accused Democrats of plotting to “import” new voters. That poses a challenge in a state where a third of the voters are Hispanic.

Blake Masters, a venture capitalist running for Senate in Arizona, is among the many Republicans who argue that the left’s obsession with racial identity politics is driving Latino voters away from the Democratic Party.. Mr. Masters’s version — one that makes no references to Jews or white people, but instead sets up a conflict between immigrants and the native-born — has become pervasive in Republicans’ immigration rhetoric .. Mr. Masters isn’t the only Republican Senate candidate who has played on voters’ fears about immigration.. Adam Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general who won the state’s Republican primary last month, has struck a similar theme, telling supporters at an event in rural Nevada last year that illegal immigration was part of a Democratic strategy.. Jesus Marquez, a Laxalt adviser, said that Mr. Laxalt’s remark last year was aimed at Democratic immigration policies, not at Latinos, and that the campaign was continuing its outreach to Hispanic voters, particularly in Las Vegas.. But Mr. Masters and Mr. Laxalt may need to splinter off only a small number of Latino voters while retaining a majority of white voters in order to win.. Still, he said, the message would likely prevent Mr. Masters from appealing to moderate Hispanic voters, and could turn off white college-educated voters repelled by specious theories rooted in white supremacy.


1. Political Effects of Migration
(Keilah van Hees)
2. Gerasimos Tsourapas - The Politics of Migration in Modern Egypt
(University of Birmingham)
3. Conference: Crisis of Governability? The politics of migration governance in Latin America & Europe
(Migration Policy Centre)
4. Jared Van Ramshorst. “Migration, Identity and Politics of Migrants' Journeys from Central America"
(Maxwell School of Syracuse University)
5. Conference: Crisis of Governability? The politics of migration governance in Latin America & Europe
(Migration Policy Centre)
6. Performing Resistance Talk #8 | Mediterranea. Rethinking the Politics of Migration in Hard Times
(Atlas of Transitions)

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