- International Migration at a Crossroads: Will Demography Change Politics before Politics Impedes Demographic Change?
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- by Hochschild, Jennifer L.
- No self-respecting political scientist will accept the cliché that demography is destiny; political structures, practices, and leaders intervene between raw numbers and electoral or policy outcomes. Nevertheless, as a country’s demography changes, if the politics do not change in accord with the circumstances or desires of the new residents, one sees greater and greater strain and even disruption in governance. That is the situation now with regard to immigration in many wealthy western countries. The crucial question is whether the political effects of native-borns’ anxiety about immigration will slow migration or keep migrants out of the social, economic, and political mainstreams, or conversely, whether migrants and their allies will become strong enough to create political dynamics in their favor. The answer to that question will profoundly affect most countries in the world
- Publication Type: WCFIA Working Paper
- Published Date: June 2010
- Field of Interest: International Relations
- Hochschild, Jennifer L. "International Migration at a Crossroads: Will Demography Change Politics before Politics Impedes Demographic Change?" Working Paper 2010-0013, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, June 2010.