Chapter 6 Migration management and international political economy
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Migration management is an increasingly important policy issue within political science, as well as an emerging research area within international political economy (IPE). States and international organizations prioritize the regulation and control of migration because migration is viewed both as a valuable resource and a strategic tool within geopolitical relations. Migrants and refugees are also valuable economic resources as temporary workers, remittances, and development aid. This chapter sets out a research agenda on the global politics of who pays for and benefits from the international migration regime. By following the money, the chapter examines how states conceptualize migration as a strategic resource in power relations and leverage migration management through development aid, earmarked funding, delegation to international organizations, externalization, and refugee commodification. The international migration regime has been a place for states and IOs to experiment with new forms of governance, to pursue state interests, and to avoid accountability.

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