Chapter 9 North America: weak regionalism, strong borders
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The issue of immigration plays a central role in the processes of regionalization and regional integration. Given its growing contestation, migration also spurs processes of disintegration and regional political conflict. Focusing on North American regionalism, this chapter contributes to our understanding of why, and in which ways, the politics of immigration can be a barrier to integration and a driver of its unmaking. The analysis of the development of North American regionalism in the chapter underlines that the fortification of borders and the integration of markets are not necessarily to be understood as contradictory phenomena.

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