36 Int'l Migration Rev. 5 (2002)

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Reflections on International Migration

after 9/11: Perspectives from Around

the World


Introduction


At the November  2001 meeting of the Board of Editors, not far from ground
zero, Aristide Zolberg suggested that a number of scholars be asked to share
their reflections upon international migration in the wake of 9/11. The fol-
lowing essays represent a sampling of perspectives upon and reactions to the
violence of September 11, a day which some have suggested changed the course
of human  history.
    In 1993, the late Myron Weiner broke what amounted to a taboo with the
publication of his edited volume International Migration and Security. Weiner
was not alone in viewing the nexus between migration and security as a matter
for serious scholarly inquiry. In Western Europe, the end of the Cold War wit-
nessed the emergence of the so-called new security studies which put migration
on the security agenda. Meanwhile, securitization of migration policies in many
Western European  states had long since been ongoing. Still, many students of
international migration eschewed any connection between migration and secu-
rity, often with the complaint that such scholarship masked an anti-immigrant
agenda or unwittingly played into the hands of anti-immigrant extremists.
    Myron  Weiner was  excoriated for suggesting that migration could foster
political instability and conflict. He took the criticism very personally and was
deeply wounded by it. He confided once that he simply could not comprehend
how  the interdisciplinary field of migration studies could be so resistant to mea-
sured, objective scrutiny of security dimensions of international migration.
Weiner saw international migration as both independent and dependent vari-
ables in conflict and security matters. In the aftermath of 9/11, it seemed like-
ly that those who followed in Myron Weiner's footsteps would be taken more
seriously, whether writing about international migration and security in Africa,
Asia, North America or any other corner of the world.
    The  attacks of 9/11 were long in the making and certainly not unprece-
dented. The  real question was: Would the shock of the scope of human and
material losses lead to fundamental changes in international migration? The
@ 2002 by the Center for Migration Studies of New York. All rights reserved.
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