What Do We Talk when We Talk about Migration Regimes? The Diverse Theoretical Roots of an Increasingly Popular Concept

  • Martina Cvajner
  • Gabriel Echeverría
  • Giuseppe Sciortino
Part of the Migrationsgesellschaften book series (MIGRAGS)


Since the 1990s, the notion of “migration regime” has enjoyed a growing popularity in social sciences. The popularity of a term has not been matched, however, by the development of a precise definition. Through a hermeneutical interpretation of the literature on migration regimes, we show how, despite its current imperfections and ambiguities, the concept provides a much-needed middle path in the analysis of the regulation of international migration. One that enables, for instance, an adequately complex, and yet realistic, understanding of the current role of nation-states: neither almighty, undisputed actors, nor marginal, powerless ones.


Migration regime Migration policy International migration Migration control Border regime 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martina Cvajner
    • 1
  • Gabriel Echeverría
    • 2
  • Giuseppe Sciortino
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di psicologia e scienze cognitiveUniversità di TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Universidad ComplutenseMadridSpain
  3. 3.Dipartimento di sociologia e ricerca socialeUniversità di TrentoTrentoItaly

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