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Adjusting to a World in MotionTrends in Global Migration and Migration Policy$
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Douglas J. Besharov and Mark H. Lopez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190211394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211394.001.0001

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Searching for New Policy Frameworks in the Wake of the Great Recession

Searching for New Policy Frameworks in the Wake of the Great Recession

(p.135) 7 Searching for New Policy Frameworks in the Wake of the Great Recession
Adjusting to a World in Motion

Roberto Suro

Oxford University Press

For more than three decades, which have been marked by extraordinary migration flows, a policy framework based on an ever-firmer linkage between controls and admissions has governed US immigration policy. Maintaining effective controls, especially over the border with Mexico, has become a precondition to efforts to reform US policy, especially concerning those reforms dealing with the existing population of unauthorized migrants. Ten years of US economic turmoil marked by an economic boom, the Great Recession, and a hesitant recovery produced new understandings of migration flows, particularly between the United States and Mexico, which compel a re-evaluation of US immigration policy. Comparisons to policy initiatives in Europe demonstrate structural inefficiencies and lack of flexibility resulting from the dominant framework in the United States.

Keywords:   US immigration policy, Mexico, United States, unauthorized migrants, Great Recession

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