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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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Regulating the Admission and Rights of Migrant Workers

Regulating the Admission and Rights of Migrant Workers

Policy Rationales in High-Income Countries

(p.91) Chapter 5 Regulating the Admission and Rights of Migrant Workers
The Price of Rights

Martin Ruhs

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the drivers of the relationships between openness, skill levels of workers, and migrant rights in high-income countries. It considers each of the three relationships—between openness and skills, rights and skills, and openness and rights—providing short case studies of where they occur, and why. It also looks at examples of policies that are not characterized by these relationships and analyzes the reasons for these exceptional cases. The case studies cover a wide range of political systems, welfare states, labor markets, and geographic regions of the world. They thus include labor immigration policies that are made in different national policy spaces. The chapter shows that policy decisions on how to regulate the admission and rights of migrant workers in high-income countries are firmly based on assessments of the consequences of admitting migrants as well as granting/restricting rights for the national interests of migrant-receiving countries.

Keywords:   openness, skill levels, high-income countries, labor immigration policies, migrant workers, migrants, migrant-receiving countries, migrant rights

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