Transnationalization of Immigration Policy, Annotated Bibliography

Eric Cheung, Norito Hagino, Julie Matsumoto

Transnationalization of Immigration Policy, Saskia Sassen

Transnationalization of Immigration Policy illustrates the conflict of the implementation of immigration policy because of constraints from human rights but also due to economic globalization. Transnationalization of immigration policy weakens the significance of immigration policy between countries. Although the state still has central control over immigration policy, the global economy as well as interested social forces such as agribusiness, manufacturing, labor unions and humanitarian groups conflict with the implementation of immigration policies. These conflicts may continue to arise partially due to these social forces and globalization.

“The shift of governance functions away from the state to nonstate entities affects the state’s capacity to control its borders. New private and public systems of governance are being created that conflict with the state’s capacity to regulate immigration in the same old ways, and that conflict may increase. The ascendance of agencies linked to furthering globalization and the decline of those linked to domestic equity is likely eventually to have an effect on the immigration agenda (Sassen 67)”.

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