The most up-to-date analysis of today's immigration issues

As the authors state in Chapter 1, “the movement of people across national borders represents one of the most vivid dramas of social reality in the contemporary world.” This comparative text examines contemporary immigration across the globe, focusing on 20 major nations. Noted scholars Peter Kivisto and Thomas Faist introduce students to important topics of inquiry at the heart of the field, including

Movement: Explores the theories of migration using a historical perspective of the modern world.

Settlement: Provides clarity concerning the controversial matter of immigrant incorporation and refers to the varied ways immigrants come to be a part of a new society.

Control: Focuses on the politics of immigration and examines the role of states in shaping how people choose to migrate.

Key Features

Provides comprehensive coverage of topics not covered in other texts, such as state and immigration control, focusing on policies created to control migratory flow and evolving views of citizenship; Offers a global portrait of contemporary immigration, including a demographic overview of today's cross-border movers; Offers critical assessments of the achievements of the field to date; Encourages students to rethink traditional views about the distinction between citizen and alien in this global age; Suggests paths for future research and new theoretical developments

Beyond a Border is a part of the SAGE Pine Forge Sociology for a New Century Series. It offers professors a powerful and timely option to incorporate the topic of immigration in their courses.

The State and Immigration Control
The state and immigration control

Who should get in? While many people in immigrant-receiving nations ask (and sometimes have strong opinions about) this question, it is states alone that maintain a monopoly on providing definitive and enforceable answers to it. States are responsible for enacting policies that ultimately determine who does and who does not get in. They determine the criteria by which potential entrees will either be accepted or rejected. Furthermore, states are responsible for enforcing immigration laws, which includes dealing with people who enter countries without legal permission to do so. When summarized in such a succinct fashion, it is clear that states play a major role in shaping immigration flows. Nevertheless, as James Hollifield (2000) has contended, political ...

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