Exploring economism in migration policy and research

Boese, M 2009, 'Exploring economism in migration policy and research', in Stewart Lockie, David Bissell, Alastair Greig, Maria Hynes, David Marsh, Larry Saha, Joanna Sikora and Dan Woodman (ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2009), Canberra, Australia, 1 to 4 December 2009, pp. 1-14.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Exploring economism in migration policy and research
Author(s) Boese, M
Year 2009
Conference name The Future of Sociology
Conference location Canberra, Australia
Conference dates 1 to 4 December 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2009)
Editor(s) Stewart Lockie, David Bissell, Alastair Greig, Maria Hynes, David Marsh, Larry Saha, Joanna Sikora and Dan Woodman
Publisher Australian Sociological Association
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Abstract Stating the need for immigration and pointing to its benefits for the receiving country is a known strategy in political discourse to encourage public support of increased immigration targets or liberalised immigration. The economic benefits of migration have traditionally served as a counterargument against political fears of xenophobia in many European countries, and in Australia, they have helped to replace an immigration policy based on exclusion. Needs and benefits are usually described in relation to the host economy, more specifically the labour market and income through tax. The language of needs and cost-benefits which has become normalised in immigration policy in Australia as well as internationally is however not restricted to the policy sphere. It extends into the area of research on immigration and settlement. This paper will first discuss the economic rationales underpinning Australian immigration policy with a particular focus on regional settlement policies before exploring manifestations of economism in analyses of migration and reflecting on implications for the sociological analysis of migration. The paper is based on a literature and policy review for a new Australian Research Council Linkage project on migrants and refugees' settlement in rural and regional Australia.
Subjects Sociology not elsewhere classified
Migration
Keyword(s) Economism
migration policies
regional migration
discrimination
racism
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