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Political scientist analyzes fallout from European immigration in new book

Author: Arts and Letters


Why have traditional immigrant-receiving states historically permitted high levels of immigration and to what degree can its political and social fallout be managed?

In a new book titled “The Logics and Politics of Post-WWII Migration to Western Europe,” University of Notre Dame political scientist Anthony M. Messina explores the phenomenon of Europe’s immigration after World War II and its political and social disruptions.

“Post-WWII migration has historically served the macroeconomic and political interests of the receiving countries,” said Messina, associate professor of political science. “Moreover, it is the role of politics in adjudicating the claims presented by domestic economic actors, foreign policy commitments, and humanitarian norms that creates a permissive environment for significant migration to Western Europe.”

Each chapter of the book deals with a distinct subject related to the politics of immigration, and includes a comprehensive and cross-national treatment of the phenomenon of migration to Western Europe. The book was published by Cambridge University Press.

Among other publications, Messina is the author of “Race and Party Competition in Britain,” the editor of “West European Immigration and Immigrant Policy in the New Century: A Continuing Quandary for States and Societies,” and the co-editor of “Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the Advanced Industrial Democracies,” “The Migration Reader,” and “The Year of the Euro: The Social and Political Import of Europe’s Common Currency.”

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1999, Messina is a fellow in the University’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

Originally published by Kelly Roberts at on June 28, 2007.