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Frontiers of FearImmigration and Insecurity in the United States and Europe$
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Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450686

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450686.001.0001

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The Immigration-Security Nexus

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Frontiers of Fear

Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia

Cornell University Press

This book explores how restrictive immigration policies have been framed on both sides of the Atlantic as security imperatives since the 1990s, a trend that accelerated in the aftermath of 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks in Europe. It raises two central questions with profound consequences for national security and immigration policy: whether the securitization of immigration issues actually contribute to the enhancement of internal security, and whether the use of counterterrorism measures addresses such immigration issues as the increasing number of illegal immigrants, the resilience of ethnic tensions, and the emergence of home-grown radicalization. The book argues that the securitization of immigration has proven ineffective in achieving its prescribed goals, and that security policies have in reality undermined security and democracy.

Keywords:   immigration policies, 9/11, national security, immigration securitization, internal security, counterterrorism, illegal immigrants, ethnic tensions, radicalization, democracy

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