Christmas came early to Karina this year! I recently received a big shipment of books on immigration policy that I had been waiting to get for a quite a while and have been devouring them. The new books, combined with a lot of immigration news stories have left me in a bit of an information overload moment – too many things to read, not enough time to sort them out and write!

If anyone’s interested, here’s what keeping me up nights (I know, I’m a nerd, yes I do read text books for fun!)

The Age of Migration, 3rd Edition – Stephen Castles (Co-Director and Senior Researcher at IMI and Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford. From 2002-2006, he was Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University.) and Mark J.Miller (an award winning professor at the Univ. of Delaware, a little info here. This is by far the most text-booky of the books I’m on at the moment. And despite the daunting text-booky exterior it’s quite readable. Expect to see lots of citations from this one.

International Migration – Jonathan W. Moses (Professor at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology) This is a good introduction to the issues without being dry. At some points is seems to make claims that aren’t fully substantiated and sometimes leaves me with questions, but overall a valuable read. I especially like the dedication of a chapter to A Moral Argument for freer migration, an aspect that is seldom addressed, people mostly focus on the political and sometimes the economic aspects of the debate.

The No-Nonsense Guide to International Migration – Peter Stalker (former co-editor of New Internationalist magazine and author of two other books on immigration) This is a very brief little intro, much less in depth that the above book, but handy for statistical information sometimes, its so small , all the figures are near at hand. I haven’t finished it (got absorbed in the Age of Migration) but so far it’s been a bit bare-bones for my interests, most of what it covers is also in the above two books, only much more fleshed out in them.

Migration and Its Enemies – Robin Cohen (ESRC Professorial Fellow and Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick). This is one of the books I’ve only just started so I’ll get back to y’all on how it turns out. It purports to focus mainly on economic forces shaping migration the plight of (often exploited) legal and illegal immigrant labor, globalization’s role in migration and its consequences for the nation-state.

Open Borders: The Case Against Immigration Controls – Teresa Hayter (Activist, writer and anti-racism campaigner) Also, have only just started this one. It specifically addresses immigration controls, their history, their negative consequences, their frequent failings.