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The Price of RightsRegulating International Labor Migration$
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Martin Ruhs

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691132914

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691132914.001.0001

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The Rights of Migrant Workers

The Rights of Migrant Workers

Reframing the Debate

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Rights of Migrant Workers
The Price of Rights

Martin Ruhs

Princeton University Press

This book examines how and why high-income countries restrict the rights of migrant workers as part of their labor immigration policies, along with the implications for policy debates about regulating labor migration and protecting migrants. It seeks to reframe the theoretical debates about the tensions between human rights and citizenship rights, the agency and interests of migrants and states, and the determinants and ethics of labor immigration policy. The book analyzes the characteristics and key features of labor immigration policies and restrictions of migrant rights in more than forty high-income countries as well as policy drivers in major migrant-receiving and migrant-sending countries. This introductory chapter explains the aims, approach, and main arguments of the book, as well as its terminology and scope, and provides an overview of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   high-income countries, migrant workers, labor immigration policies, labor migration, migrants, human rights, citizenship rights, migrant rights, migrant-receiving countries, migrant-sending countries

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