Boat People and Migration Theory

Bibliography File Note.

Type
Book Section

Author
Irial Glynn

URL
http://ift.tt/2agi7Ne

Rights
©2016 The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)

Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK

Pages
17-48

ISBN
978-1-137-51732-6 978-1-137-51733-3

Date
2016

Extra
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-51733-3_2

Accessed
2016-07-29 23:09:40

Library Catalog
link.springer.com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au

Language
en

Abstract
This chapter attempts to situate boat people into migration theory. It does so by first providing a short history of the use of the term and then moves on to identify boat people’s main characteristics. The majority appear to be young, male and single. Many apply for asylum. Some receive protection, some disappear into irregularity and some are deported home. Since this book focuses on political debates, some key traits of the norm entrepreneurs who attempt to influence both sides of policy debates on boat people are considered. Thereafter, some of the internal and external constraints that states sometimes face when debating and implementing migration policy are identified. Most prominence is given to discussing the ‘gap hypothesis’, the ‘liberal paradox’, ‘path dependence’ and the underrated role that ‘immaterial values’ have in policy debates and decisions.

Book Title
Asylum Policy, Boat People and Political Discourse

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