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New Perspectives in German Political Studies

Policy Discourses on Irregular Migration in Germany and the United Kingdom

Authors: Vollmer, B.

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Migration expert Bastian Vollmer explores the contentious issue of irregular migration in the highly-charged contexts of Germany and the UK. Through policy and discourse analysis the author explains why, despite the differing contexts and migration histories, German and British policy responses to the issue are now on a convergent path.

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Bastian A. Vollmer is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK.

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“Bastian Vollmer’s ambitious book is a very timely analysis of how restrictive immigration policy came to be normalised in two European countries over 3 decades. The book analyses the evolution of policy responses to irregular migration in Germany and the United Kingdom from 1973 to 1999. … this interdisciplinary book is a very valuable contribution to political science, migration studies and European studies … .” (Marie E. Tuley, Political Studies Review, Vol. 14, November, 2016)

“The study of policy development is certainly of interest with regard to immigration, and Vollmer’s study adds to the study of migration discourses an insightful empirical analysis that benefits particularly from its comparative and diachronic aspects. It should help to convince those working in the field of policy-making to take a closer look at texts documenting the process, and it is of interest to all those working on post-war immigration politics and discourses in Europe or European countries.” (Melani Schröter, Discourse & Society, Vol. 27 (5), 2016)

'In a very comprehensive and instructive way Bastian A. Vollmer's Policy Discourses on Irregular Migration in Germany and the United Kingdom is a highly welcome contribution to this literature.' European Planning Studies, 2015


"This book answers challenging questions. In a comparative manner, Bastian Vollmer uncovers the history of policy-making in the policy area of migration control in Germany and the UK, but also provides in-depth explanations for it. In a remarkably detailed and analytically sharp way, he has done an enormous service to academics, policy-makers and the informed public." Werner Schiffauer, Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences, Euroepan University Viadrina, Germany

"This is a timely and critical analysis of how policies on irregular migration control have evolved in the past 40 years in two important immigration countries notably Germany and Britain. This book shows how asylum panics and perceptions of (irregular) migration threats have become not only dominant but also normalised in Europe." Anna Triandafyllidou, Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy

"Vollmer shows how the creation of the notion of 'irregular migration' is primarily the result of increasingly restrictive migration legislation since the 1970s. His case studies of Germany and the UK examine how ideas on migration have been shaped by emotive discourses on perceived threats to national interests. This original study goes across the frontiers of political science, linguistics and sociology, and should be read by anyone who wants to understand why hostility to migration has become such a potent political force." Stephen Castles, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Policy Discourses on Irregular Migration in Germany and the United Kingdom
Authors
Series Title
New Perspectives in German Political Studies
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30754-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137307545
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30753-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45556-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 305
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