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Adamson, Fiona and Tsourapas, Gerasimos (2019) 'Migration Diplomacy in World Politics.' International Studies Perspectives, 20 (2). pp. 113-128.

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Academic and policy debates on migration and refugee ‘crises’ across the world have yet to fully engage with the importance of cross-border population mobility for states’ diplomatic strategies. This article sets forth the concept of ‘migration diplomacy’ as an object of analysis for academics and practitioners alike, distinguishing it from other forms of migration-related policies and practices. It draws on realist approaches in International Relations to identify how the interests and power of state actors are affected by their position in migration systems, namely the extent to which they are migration-sending, migration-receiving, or transit states. The article then discusses how migration issues connect with other areas of state interest and diplomacy, including security interests, economic interests and issues of identity, soft power and public diplomacy. Finally, the article suggests the utility of applying a rationalist framework based on states' interests in absolute vs. relative gains as a means of examining the bargaining strategies used by states in instances of migration diplomacy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: migration, diplomacy, refugees, bargaining, power, issue linkage
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 15283585
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Studies Association. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 12:53
Funders: Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Other

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