Immigration Phobia and the Security Dilemma: Russia, Europe, by Mikhail A. Alexseev

By Mikhail A. Alexseev

Via a comparative research of immigration attitudes within the Russian a ways East, the european, and the us, this booklet demonstrates that issues approximately nationwide id and financial pursuits linked to migration are ignited through a special belief of the protection issue. Regression research and case reports hint aid for expulsion of migrants to the necessity for self-defense inside an atmosphere of uncertainty. Highlighting migration as an nationwide protection challenge is for that reason logical, yet counterproductive, and this publication recommends as an alternative the administration of migration via monetary incentives on the international, nationwide, and native point.

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But even in that case, “there is danger that he may think I want to shoot, and shoot first. Worse, there is danger that he may think that I think he means to shoot. Or he may think that I think he thinks I want to shoot. ” 14:55 P1: JZZ 0521849888c02 CUNY113B/Alexseev 0 521 84988 8 The Immigration Security Dilemma September 13, 2005 14:55 35 Most advanced scholarship in IR focused on theoretical challenges posed by the inherent difficulty for any outside analyst to distinguish either ex ante or ex post facto the offensive versus defensive and security versus predatory motivations of actors – with Wheeler and Booth (1996: 31) aptly observing that when a state accurately perceives threats, it is not in a security dilemma situation.

Migrants would then be likely to respond by devising evasive strategies both to enter host states and to gain a foothold in their economies. This would translate into higher rates of illegal migration and clandestine human trafficking increasingly linked to organized crime. Episodic news about these developments would make host populations feel that increasingly restrictive measures had been justified and need to be intensified, turning the negative consequences of immigration into self-fulfilling prophecies in a vicious circle of mutual suspicions.

To the extent that the logic of threat is inseparable from the logic of exaggeration, both need to be taken into account to improve our understanding of antimigrant sentiments. Mathematical notation is helpful at this point to clarify the central question of this study and this volume’s potential contribution to the international relations and migration literature. The underlying characteristic of previous attempts to examine migration’s impact on proclivity for conflict – as summarized earlier in this chapter – is that systematic cross-national comparisons focused on attributes of migration context and attributes of conflict.

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