Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe

Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe

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Professor Oxana Shevel
Cambridge University Press, 2011-10-24
EAN 9780521764797, ISBN10: 0521764793

Paperback, 304 pages, 24.1 x 23.8 x 16 cm

“This nuanced account of immigration policy in Eastern Europe shows how crucibles of nationalism can, in the presence of vigorous political contestation, produce liberal and inclusive policies. Shevel’s meticulously researched analysis will be of interest to students and scholars of Eastern Europe and should attract the attention of policymakers and participants in debates about immigration on both sides of the Atlantic.”
– Jessica Pisano, University of Ottawa

“Shevel has broken new ground in how we should understand the relationship between nationalism and how states treat migrants and refugees. Her impressive case studies, drawing on original sources in four languages plus English, also bring important lessons for how international organizations might best promote progressive domestic policy change.”
– Henry Hale, The George Washington University

“Oxana Shevel has written an engaging book that breaks new theoretical and empirical ground. Based on meticulous fieldwork and careful comparisons, she develops a clear and compelling argument that accounts for why post-communist states vary widely in terms of their receptivity to refugees. This book makes important contributions to the fields of post-communist studies, migration, and nationalism.”
– Marc Morjé Howard, Georgetown University

“Shevel’s book not only expands our understanding of national building within post-communist regimes, it highlights the need for new interdisciplinary discussions concerning the interpretations of core analytical terms such as refugee, citizenship, and ethnicity. In exploring four unique national paths in the development and institutionalization of refugee policies, she provides richly detailed insights into how post-communist regimes negotiate adherence to international standards and relate to intergovernmental agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), while balancing internal political concerns, future international ambitions, and the complex weight of history. Providing needed insight into global issues of refugee recognition, integrating a masterful review of literatures, and in-depth fieldwork in the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, this is a valuable work of timely interest to economists, sociologists and demographers.”
– Cynthia J. Buckley, University of Texas, Austin; Program Director, The Social Science Research Council