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Author Tsourapas, Gerasimos, 1982- author
Title The politics of migration in modern Egypt : strategies for regime survival in autocracies / Gerasimos Tsourapas
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019
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 人文社會聯圖  JV8989 .T76 2019    AVAILABLE    30650020080897
Descript xvii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-243) and index
Introduction -- 'Egyptians don't emigrate' : the domestic politics of migration restriction, 1952-1970 -- Exporting the Free Officers' revolution : migration & external regime legitimacy under Nasser -- 'Our most precious asset' : the domestic politics of migration liberalisation, 1970-2011 -- 'The rich hive invaded by foreign bees' : migration & external regime legitimacy under Sadat and Mubarak -- Egypt's road to Revolution
"Research on Egyptian politics has long-highlighted an economic rationale behind the President's 1971 decision to lift all emigration restrictions, and to move away from earlier attempts at tight controls: given the penurious state of the Egyptian economy, the argument goes, labour emigration would constitute a "safety valve" against unemployment and overpopulation, while workers' remittances would provide a "lifeline" to the regime. In this sense, Egypt is no different than a large number of developing nations, from India and Mexico to the Philippines and Turkey, who adopted permissive emigration policies in order to either boost their economic indicators or to reduce social tensions by allowing citizens to explore employment opportunities abroad. Yet, if that is the case, why would the Egyptian regime not attempt to fine-tune a policy that appeared to aggravate - rather than resolve - its domestic political economy issues? If labour emigration is solely a tool for economic development, policy-makers are normally expected to anticipate inflationary pressures or labour market imbalances, and to adjust accordingly. The counterintuitive nature of the Egyptian regime's engagement with emigration highlights the need for more nuanced analyses of the relationship between population mobility and political power within non-democratic contexts. Jean Bodin may, in fact, have been right in urging elites to find wealth and strength in citizens' numbers, but the political importance of migration - particularly in authoritarian contexts - remains elusive"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Egypt -- Emigration and immigration
Egypt -- Politics and government
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