New publication on migration regulations and governance in Australia and New Zealand

11th October 2022

RegNet’s Alan Gamlen has recently published a book chapter with Stanford University Press entitled Classical Migration States? Australia and New Zealand. The chapter covers history of migration regulations and governance in Australian and New Zealand since colonisation in the late 1700s.

The new study is particularly timely in the context of the Government’s recently announced review of Australia’s migration system as a whole, which emerged as one of the key outcomes of the recent Jobs and Skills Summit held at Parliament on 1-2 September this year.

As Alan puts it, “in order to build a migration system for the future, we need to understand how our current system of controlling migration has evolved. Our chapter helps to do that, so we hope that it will be useful to policy makers as well as migration researchers and historians.”

The chapter is part of a high-profile international research collection entitled Controlling Immigration: A Comparative Perspective, featuring leading scholars from around the world, and edited by James F. Hollifield, Philip L. Martin, Pia M. Orrenius and Francois Heran.

For assistance obtaining a copy of the collection or the chapter, please visit the Stanford University Press website, or reach out to Alan at

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