The global financial crisis is already having a marked impact on the scope and pace of international migration. Many countries have tightened their rules and procedures, seeking to protect jobs at home as unemployment has risen sharply. Confidence in established institutions, including governments and banks, has sunk rapidly.
Governments, businesses, and individuals have all felt the damaging consequences. The crisis is also driving policymakers to rethink their assumptions about labor migration, as it becomes clear that the recession may profoundly alter the economic and social landscape in the long term, especially for the relatively wealthy nations of North America and Europe. This book examines the complex and contradictory challenges to immigration policy that governments face in the short term and midterm.
In collaboration with the Migration Policy Institute