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Human Rights Review

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 537–539 | Cite as

Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law by Catherine Dauvergne

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008
  • Michael A. Bouzigard
Book Review
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Addressing multiple forms of migration, specific policy initiatives of most developed nations within the context of globalization reflect a reaction seeking preservation of national sovereignty by the state at the expense of the individual person. Catherine Dauvergne’s broad examination of the complex mechanisms and identities of illegal migration privileges the relationship between migration law and globalization. Each chapter of the book presents a contemporary migration issue by means of “core sampling” key cases—“labor migration, refugee law, trafficking and smuggling of persons, the migration security nexus, and changes in citizenship law”—which the author argues are all interrelated. In the end, an overarching argument pulls together the core cases successfully demonstrating that the shifts in migration law go beyond the policies and aims of states regarding unauthorized migration. Overall, Dauvergne, despite her self-acknowledged ambitious project, offers in her final chapter a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Latin American & Caribbean StudiesLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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