© 2010

The Politics of International Migration Management

  • Martin Geiger
  • Antoine Pécoud

Part of the Migration, Minorities and Citizenship book series (MMC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Martin Geiger, Antoine Pécoud
    Pages 1-20
  3. Philippe Poutignat, Jocelyne Streiff-Fénart
    Pages 202-219
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-305

About this book


Throughout the world, governments and intergovernmental organizations, such as the International Organization for Migration are developing new approaches aimed at renewing migration policy-making. This book, now in paperback, critically analyzes the actors, discourses and practices of migration management.


desegregation Europe European Union (EU) government immigration Integration migration migration policy mobility Nation organization Policy politics population

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Geiger
    • 1
  • Antoine Pécoud
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OsnabrückGermany
  2. 2.University of Paris VII and University of PoitiersFrance

About the editors

MATT BAKKER is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis, USA FABIAN GEORGI is a Research Associate at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt (Main), Germany SABINE HESS is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Folklore Studies and European Ethnology of the Ludwig-Maximilan University of Munich, Germany CLAIRE INDER practices international law in Geneva, Switzerland SARA KALM is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden BERND KASPAREK is currently writing his doctoral thesis at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany CHIARA MARCHETTI is Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Milan, Italy PHILIPPE POUTIGNAT is a Sociologist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and a member of the Research Centre Unité de Recherche Migrations et Société, URMIS, University of Nice, France GIULIA SCALETTARIS is a PhD Student in Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France JOCELYNE STREIFF-FENART is Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and Director of the Research Unit on Migration and Society (URMIS) located both in Paris and Nice, France WILLIAM WALTERS teaches in the Departments of Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Bibliographic information


'This is a valuable, well documented and scholarly contribution. Its greatest strengths lie in its analysis of the European attempts to combine national and international interest through the European Union.' - Journal of Population Research

'The Politics of International Migration Management is essential reading for international migration scholars, including students at the graduate level.' - Population, Space and Place

'This is a book that should most definitely be read by students and scholars alike, but it will also be informative and thought-provoking for practitioners both within and outside government.' - Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

'A comprehensive, innovative and detailed panorama of the complex institutional and policy factors which, beyond political rhetoric, determine why and how migration flows are allowed in, diverted or blocked, and how migrants are treated.' - François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

'This book is a pioneering volume on the development of a new global discourse on migration. It explains what is at stake for international organizations and regional actors and shows what happens concretely on the ground in the name of "migration management.' - Virginie Guiraudon, Research Professor, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Sciences-Po, Paris, France

''Migration management' is typically treated as win-win-win for sending and receiving states and migrants themselves. This fascinating and important volume brings together established and emerging scholars to subject 'migration management' to much needed critical scrutiny. Offering insights into the discourses, practices and key actors in international migration governance, it is a must read for everyone interested in the intersection between migration policy and theory.' - Bridget Anderson, Deputy Director, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK

'The collection provides the basis for the study of 'migration management'. It demystifies the various facets and complex interrelationships between management, freedom and control that underpin the practices and discourses attached to it, thus contributing to a better understanding of the notion.' Journal of Refugee Studies