waltonMargaret Walton-Roberts
Associate Professor, Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University;
Associate Director, International Migration Research Centre


jennaJenna L. Hennebry
Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University;
Director of the International Migration Research Centre


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Authors Margaret Walton-Roberts and Jenna Hennebry join Alistair Edgar to discuss their new book,Territoriality and Migration in the EU Neighborhood: Spilling over the Wall. The book offers insights into the processes and the effects of European Union regionalization and migration management, from the perspective of countries outside of the EU. The work discusses territoriality and the rewriting of issues of sovereignty, citizenship, and supranational regionalization processes that are underway. A holistic approach is embraced to ensure that the focus is not just on the core countries of the EU. The title “Spilling over the Wall” was adopted to emphasize the issue of migrant flows, policy innovation, externalization and the Europeanization of new forms of migrant policy. This is particularly evident in the EU’s global campaign to promote border control as a central plank of good governance.

The book highlights five key trends in migration management.

  1. The externalization of migration management policies,
  2. Privatization and private actor involvement,
  3. The regionalization of labor markets,
  4. Citizenship and the integration processes.
  5. Securitization in the region.

The authors argue that the book contributes unique scholarly insights at the same time that it offers practical and critical analyses which will be uniquely valuable to individuals training to enter into policy-oriented careers related to these issues.

Additional Resources

Margaret Walton-Roberts, Background

Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts is a human geographer trained in the UK and Canada who focuses on international migration. Her research has operated on two broad tracks; Indian emigration and transnational migrant networks; and immigration to second and third tier cities in Canada.

Her recent work focuses on a number of projects including; 1) Analysis and exploration of the links between trade and immigration using a comparative framework examining the Canada-India and Australia-India contexts; 2) The education and international migration of nurses from India; 3) Immigrant attraction, retention and settlement in second tier cities; and 4) Comparative analysis of emigration circuits from Punjab and Kerala in India. Dr. Walton-Roberts has published a number of journal articles and book chapters relating to immigration, gender, and cultural dimensions of the economy. She is currently the director of Laurier’s International Migration Research Centre.

Jenna L. Hennebry, Background

Jenna Hennebry, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies, and the Director of the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research expertise focuses on international migration and mobility, with a specialization in labour migration in Canada and Spain. She has experience in academic, public policy, and applied research domains. Hennebry’s research portfolio includes comparative studies of migration policy and foreign worker programs, migrant rights and health, the formation of migration industries, non-state migration mediation, racialization and representation of migrants, and the role of remittances in development. Her work has relevance for international and national public policy, as well as studies of transnationalism and integration, mobility and globalization.

Recent work examines the role of non-state actors and an expanding migration industry in foreign worker programs, transnational migrant farmworker health and access to health care and insurance, a comparative study of labour migration from Mexico-US/Canada with Morocco-Spain, as well as a comparative study of the role of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in labour migration programs in Canada and Spain.

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