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Guests and Aliens by Saskia Sassen
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read April 22, 2018.

I think the book presents interesting data and arguments about the role of migration (imm and em, included) in the making of modern Europe. Namely, it argues that migration is not just a question of immigrants' agency, but cultural, social, economic and legal policies of the adoptive country. Presenting historical findings dissected by nation and type of migrant, the book offers a temporal element to contextualize refugees (politically motivated), labor migrants (short term, blue collar work) and career migrants (government and colonial, white collar workers). It debunks myths of cultural purity and questions the existence of a pre-lapsarian, pre-migration Europe.

This text is not a survey so it may lack the level of depth some readers require. And it also extrapolates policy arguments that may not be realistic given the most recent "refugee crisis" in Europe. Overall, this is a useful text for migration scholars, but arguably less so for policy makers.

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