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date: 25 August 2019

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This chapter examines the relation between migration and social movements by focussing on how the structural changes that have affected Western societies, in particular Western Europe, have led to the rise of collective mobilizations in this field. We discuss the impact of changes brought about globalization on the political mobilization for, against, and by migrants. As a result of these changes, migration has become a more salient issue both in the political debates and among scholars. Research has been characterized by two major shifts in recent years. First, class and ethnicity theories, which dominated the field in the 1970s and 1980s, have been increasingly challenged by new approaches stressing the role of resources and opportunities. Secondly, scholars have shifted their attention away from traditional immigrant groups to other migrant populations, notably Muslims. In addition, research has focussed on mobilizations at the global and not only national or local levels.

Keywords: migration, social movements, claims-making, structural changes, Western Europe

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