The politics of migration interdependence in the post-Arab Spring Middle East

Tsourapas, G. (2019) The politics of migration interdependence in the post-Arab Spring Middle East. In: Geddes, A., Espinoza, M. V., Hadj-Abdou, L. and Brumat, L. (eds.) The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK, pp. 128-145. ISBN 9781788119931 (doi: 10.4337/9781788119948.00013)

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Political economy dynamics allow unique insights into regional migration governance. Within the Middle East migration sub-system, how do states attempt to use their position as destinations for labour migration to influence sending states, and when do they succeed? I argue that economically-driven cross-border mobility generates reciprocal political economy effects, or migration interdependence. Host states may leverage their position against a sending state by either deploying strategies of restriction or displacement. These strategies’ success depends on whether the sending state is vulnerable to the political-economy costs incurred due to the host states’ strategy and whether it cannot procure the support of alternative host states. I demonstrate my claims through a least-likely, two-case study design of Libyan and Jordanian coercive migration diplomacy against Egypt. By focusing on the politics of regional migration governance in the Middle East, I examine how two weaker Arab states successfully leveraged their position against a stronger one.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tsourapas, Professor Gerasimos
Authors: Tsourapas, G.
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Publisher:Edward Elgar
Published Online:28 June 2019

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