Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.

Restrictionism vs. Open Borders

Restrictionism vs. open borders

Definition: A debate about immigration policies that includes a wide range of views, from those who think that any country may legitimately decide to admit or exclude immigrants as it pleases, to those who believe that national borders are artificial and that migration should be entirely free.

Some people become interested in the study of migration via engagement with a compelling political and ethical question: to what extent is it legitimate for a country to close its borders to immigrants? Most people believe that a country has the right to prevent non-citizens from entering, and/or to determine whom to admit. A minority view holds that restrictive borders are illegitimate and unjust: migration is seen as a human right – ...

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