The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony.

The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony.

London: Routledge, 2018 (Routledge Studies in Modern European History).
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Book description:

After the Second World War, the international migration regime in Europe took a course different from the global migration regime as well as the migration regimes in other regions. From the cumbersome and arbitrary administrative practices that prevailed in the late 1940s in most parts of Europe, the European migration regime was deeply transformed by the gradual implementation of regulations for the free movement of people within the European Community, by European citizenship, and by the internal and external dimensions of the Schengen agreements. The latter produced a regional regime in Europe with an unparalleled degree of intra-regional openness combined with an unparalleled degree of closure in regard to migrants from outside Europe. Using national and international archives, this book explains how German geopolitical and economic strategies during the Cold War shaped the openness of that original regime. It also highlights how the migration regime helped Germany to create a stable international order in Western Europe after the war, conducive to German Reunification, and supported German economic expansion. The book embraces a large time frame, mostly between 1947 and 1992, and deals with all types of migration between and towards European countries, such as the movements of unskilled labourers, skilled professionals, and self-employed workers, along with the movements of migrant workers’ family members, examining both their access to economic activity and their social and political rights.

Book reviewed in: German Politics, German HistoryInternational Journal of Public Administration.


Invited to present about the book at: Aberystwyth University, Council for European Studies at Columbia University, Universität Wien, Universiteit Leiden, University of Cambridge, University of Nantes, Sciences Po, Paris.

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