The transformations of the State and the Law in the control of Immigration

Iker Barbero
Publication date: 
March 2011
Publication type: 
Edited book

Las Transformaciones del Estado y del Derecho Antre el Control de la Inmigracion

This work is focused on the analysis of changes in the State and some of its constituent elements, such as the territory and borders, sovereignty, or the Law, in regarding international migration. The argument defended here is that while States cede sovereignty in areas such as economy, environment and telecommunications, immigration is used for the assertion of power through the construction of otherness (as an illegal immigrant, common criminal, fundamentalist potential terrorist.) To this end, the State shields its borders as a selective transnational fortress that controls migration towards the Estate territory either from the country of origin, controlling access from abroad or by establishing special Aliens rules that strengthens the internal stratification and a logic of otherness between citizens, foreigners and illegal aliens and / or culturally distant.

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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