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Unformatted text preview: Global Mobility and the Quest for an International Migration Regime Rey Koslowski Revised draft of the paper presented at: Conference on International Migration and Development: Continuing the Dialogue – Legal and Policy Perspectives , the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), New York, New York, January 17-18, 2008. ©Rey Koslowski April, 2008 revision Acknowledgements: This paper builds on arguments made in “Possible Steps Towards an International Regime for Mobility and Security,” Global Migration Perspectives , No 8 (October 2004), which itself was initially prepared for a Workshop on Global Mobility Regimes at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm, June 2004. Research upon which the paper is based was made possible with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. I am very grateful to my research assistant, Laura Gonzalez-Murphy. Helpful comments and suggestions were provided by participants at the Conference on International Migration and Development: Continuing the Dialogue – Legal and Policy Perspectives , the Workshop on Global Mobility Regimes and a March 2005 presentation at the United Nations organized by UNITAR. I greatly appreciate all the input and I am particularly thankful to Kristof Tamas, Colleen Thouez, Michael Doyle and Joseph Chamie for their comments. Author’s contact information: Rey Koslowski Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Informatics Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy University at Albany (SUNY) 201 Milne Hall 135 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12222 O: 518-442-5314 F: 518-442-5298 E: [email protected] W: http://albany.edu/~rk289758/ 2 Introduction Advances in transportation and communications technology increase the potential for international migration around the world. As international migration becomes less inhibited by physical or economic constraints and becomes more of a function of legal constraints imposed by states, it becomes an increasingly important issue in politics among states. As such, international migration is an issue area for possible international cooperation within international organizations or through the formation of less formal international regimes. “Regimes can be defined as sets of implicit or explicit principles, norms, rules and decision-making procedures around which actors expectations converge in a given area of international relations (Krasner 1983a: 2).” 1 The number of international regimes has increased greatly over the past few decades in an expanding breadth of areas, including global trade and finance (Krasner 1983; Keohane 1984; Findlayson and Zacher 1988), international security (Jervis 1983; Van Ham 1993), human rights (Sikkink 1993), the environment (Young 1989; Haas 1989); transportation and communications (Cowhey 1990; Zacher 1996), and the internet (Franda 2001)....
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