While migration and population settlement have always been an important feature of political life throughout the world, the dramatic changes in the pace, direction, and complexity of contemporary migration flows are undoubtedly unique. Despite the economic benefits often associated with global, regional, and internal migration, the arrival of large numbers of migrants can exacerbate tensions and give rise to violent clashes between local populations and recent arrivals. This volume takes stock of these trends by canvassing the globe to generate new conceptual, empirical, and theoretical contributions. The analyses ultimately reveal the critical role of the state as both an actor and arena in the migration-conflict nexus.
Isabelle Cote is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Matthew I. Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
Monica Duffy Toft is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Global Scholar with the Peace Research Institute, Oslo.