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Meet the author, Sarah van Walsum: 17 November 2009 (Symposium)

dinsdag 17 november 2009Plaats in agenda
vanaf 12:30
Rota Zaal 1
Sarah van Walsum, VU Amsterdam

Until recently, migration policies primarily targeted labour migrants and asylum seekers. Family migration was taken for granted. But now, many nations are restricting family migration, particularly from poorer countries. The Netherlands have even gone so far as to require family migrants to pass an integration test before being allowed to enter the country. How can this shift in policies be explained? Does it, as some suggest, indicate a new trend towards racist exclusion? This book places family migration policies in the broader perspective of changing family norms. In doing so, it shows the added value of studying immigration law not as an isolated field, but in connection with other fields of law and policy. Taking the Netherlands as an example, it shows how family migration policies have evolved from a system premised on the male breadwinner-citizen’s right to domicile, to one granting and restricting freedom of movement according to individual merit. Although grounded in a different ethos, the techniques of power now being used to enforce the emerging distinctions of a globalizing world are in fact reminiscent of those once used to enforce the racial and gendered distinctions of the colonial past.

In this seminar we hope to bring together historical-legal approaches to the study of immigration law and the legal study of present-day immigration policies, using Sarah van Walsum’s book as a starting point for discussion. Can historical studies of immigration law be helpful in the study and practice of current immigration policies, and if so, how?

After an introduction by Sarah van Walsum, four discussants are invited to reflect on Van Walsum’s statements from various legal and socio-legal perspectives.

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The Family And The Nation: Dutch Family Migration Policies In The Context Of Changing Family Norms
(Hardcover - Dec 2008)