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Tsourapas, Gerasimos (2015) 'Why Do States Develop Multi-tier Emigrant Policies? Evidence from Egypt.' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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Abstract

Why do states vary their policies towards their citizens abroad, and why are some emigrant groups treated preferentially to others? The literature on the politics of international migration has yet to explore this as a separate field of inquiry, assuming that states adopt a single policy that encourages, sustains or prevents emigration abroad. Yet, in the case of Egypt, the state developed a multi-tiered policy that distinctly favoured specific communities abroad over others. I hypothesise that policy differentiation is based upon the perceived utility of the emigrant group remaining abroad versus the utility of its return. This utility is determined by two factors: the sending state’s domestic political economy priorities and its foreign policy objectives.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published Online 8th July 2015
Keywords: Emigration; Diaspora Policy; Egyptian Migrants; Middle East; Sending State
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 1369183X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2015.1049940
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 10:11
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/20161

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