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Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective
Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective
By Wayne A. Cornelius, Philip L. Martin, and James F. Hollifiel
Stanford University Press, 1994, 442 pp

The case studies in this book compare recent efforts by industrialized countries to limit Third World immigration and indicate that their experiences and policy responses have to a large degree converged. That is, immigration has come to be seen as a problem in virtually all industrialized countries because the spread of rights-based liberalism has weakened exclusionary barriers; all have sought remedies like employer sanctions; and few, with the curious exception of Britain, have come up with satisfactory methods for controlling the number of immigrants. The case studies are highly illuminating on the various policy remedies attempted, but they tend to shy away from questions concerning the assimilative qualities of both the sending and receiving cultures--an issue at the root of immigration opponents' concerns about national identity.