The Migration Industry and the Commercialization of International Migration

Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Ninna Nyberg SÝrensen
Routledge, 2013 - 278 pagina's
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Migration has become business, big business. Over the last few decades a host of new business opportunities have emerged that capitalize both on the migrants' desires to migrate and the struggle by governments to manage migration. From the rapid growth of specialized transportation and labour immigration companies, to multinational companies managing detention centres or establishing border security, to the organized criminal networks profiting from human smuggling and trafficking, we are currently witnessing a growing commercialization of international migration.

This volume claims that today it is almost impossible to speak of migration without also speaking of the migration industry. Yet, acknowledging the role the migration industry plays prompts a number of questions that have so far received only limited attention among scholars and policy makers. The book offers new concepts and theory for the study of international migration by bringing together cross-disciplinary theoretical explorations and original case studies. It also provides a global coverage of the phenomena under study, covering migrant destinations in Europe, the United States and Asia, and migrant sending regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


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1 Conceptualizing the migration industry
2 The migration industry in global migration governance
Theoretical reflections and empirical examples from Asia
4 The migration industry and developmental states in East Asia
5 The neoliberalized state and the growth of the migration industry
Accountability and responsibility in the migration control industry
7 Private security companies and the European borderscapes
Ghanaian connection men and the expansion of the EUs border regimes into Africa
The making of migrant subjects in urban Peru
Greasing the wheels of a corrupt machine
Jumping the remains of the Honduran migration train
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Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen is a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and External Lecturer in refugee law at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research focuses on refugee and human rights law, migration management and state governance.

Ninna Nyberg SÝrensen is a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her primary research interest is in transnational migration, the consequences of international migration on developing countries, and gender.

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