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Chapter 7: Southern Europe: Immigration Politics in Newer Immigration Countries

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Southern Europe: Immigration Politics in Newer Immigration Countries
Southern Europe: Immigration politics in newer immigration countries

Europe's migration frontiers have moved south and east since the 1980s. This represents a geopolitical conceptual widening with new types of migration and new forms of state response. This chapter explores the politics of migration and state responses in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. It distinguishes between specific features of these countries that contribute to a domestic politics of immigration in each of them. It analyses factors that link them, in particular the relatively high levels of economic informality (or underground economy) and irregular immigration. It also assesses the ...

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