The New Face of Immigration
“The link between migration and security has become a matter of priority on the international political agenda. Migratory movements show us clearly that the Earth is shrinking concerning distances among people. For the last decade, every region well-placed in terms of welfare indicators and job opportunities attracts immigrants. Economic globalization and improvements in communication and transportation will inevitably lead to a rise in international migration. The 21st century will be the century of migration, raising concerns in particular about illegal immigration, transnational threats and loss of national identity in host societies. The coming decades will constitute a mix of challenge and opportunity. For most receiving countries, particularly in “Old Europe” with its increasingly high percentages of non-European residents, the impact of such migration flow is difficult to predict in the medium and long run. As far as Portugal is concerned, the consequences will also be significant on various levels.
This article considers two case studies: the European Union and Portugal. European countries and especially EU members face a complex situation. They need immigrants, but they fear them...”
Excerpt from Teresa Rodrigues, “The New Face of Immigration,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 2, 2012: 26-31.
Teresa Rodrigues is an associate professor of international relations and a visiting professor at the Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal. She is head of the master’s program in political science and international relations at the university and head of the postgraduate program in strategic studies and security, a partnership between the university and the Portuguese Institute of National Defense. Author of more than 150 articles and seven books, she is a senior researcher for national and international projects focused on migration, mortality, health, security, forecast analysis and planning.
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