Convenors: Fiona Adamson (SOAS), Claire Dwyer (UCL), Eiko Thielemann (LSE).

When: Tuesdays, 6:30pm
Where: New York University in London, 6 Bedford Square, Room 303

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12. February, 2019











The Market Model: Immigration Regime Variation and Convergence in 30 Countries

By Associate Professor Anna Boucher, University of Sydney (presenting), Assistant Professor Justin Gest, George Mason University, February 2019, London.

Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change finds that the world’s most prominent immigration regimes are converging toward elevated numbers of temporary immigrants, a focus on labor immigration through economic visas and free movement agreements, forms of tacitly ethnicity based selection and dropping naturalization rates. Relative to the openness and permanence of a liberal model of permanent, non-discriminatory settlement, that epitomized the immediate post-Cold War period, this emerging approach embodies a “Market Model” that reflects the increasingly contingent nature of labor markets worldwide. Based in an analysis of immigration demographics across 30 of the world’s principal destination states, this presentation will outline the methodological approach of the Crossroads book and identify some of its key empirical findings. It also outlines the Market Model argument, demonstrating that it is true of both democracies and non-democracies. This address situates Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom within these global trends in light of its shift towards skilled immigration over the 1990s and 2000s, the increase in temporary labour migration and planned changes to citizenship laws in several of these countries. A shift towards temporary immigration status and more stringent approaches to naturalization are often interconnected in important ways.

About the speaker

Dr Anna Boucher is an active researcher in the immigration field. Her book Gender Migration and the Global Race for Talent  (Manchester University Press) analyses skilled immigration policies globally from a gender perspective. Her second book, with Dr Justin Gest, Crossroads: Immigration Regimes in an Age of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press, New York) compares immigration regimes across 30 countries. She holds degrees in law and political science. Prior to coming to Sydney University, she was an Australian Commonwealth Scholar and Bucerius Scholar in Migration Studies at the London School of Economics. From 2017­-2020, she holds an Australian Research Council grant to investigate the rights violations of migrant workers in former settler states. She is also writing a third book on the Holocaust and the creation of a global Jewish diaspora with Dr. Joseph Toltz. She is a regular commentator in the media on migration issues.