Dr. Markus Crepaz, Professor of International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia has a new book debuting this winter. The Handbook on Migration and Welfare explores the complex factors that influence citizens’ attitudes towards immigrants. “Immigration issues are the central issues of our time,” says Dr. Crepaz. “Immigration is not going away. We need to ask- How do we relate to people different from ourselves?”

The book is a “collection of 26 chapters each covering different themes of migration and welfare” and boasts an impressive array of experts in fields such as political science, sociology, psychology, geography,  , economics, philosophy, and history. Dr. Crepaz provides an introduction to the twenty-six-chapter text, which is an extensive assessment of varying issues within the scope of migration and welfare.

Among the many questions this volume explores is whether it is possible to have both, a liberal immigration policy and an extensive welfare state and whether that might lead to a decline of social democratic parties and a rise of radical right-wing parties. Other topics, such as whether multiculturalism aids or hinders in government’s integration efforts. In addition, various chapters examine the effects of migration on sending countries

The compilation will be available this month. More information can be found at Edward Elgar Publishing.

Markus M.L.  Crepaz is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science and the former Head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of California, San Diego. He has widely published in the areas of corporatism, the impact of veto points on a variety of political and economic outcomes, Austrian politics, environmental politics, trust and nativism, immigration and the welfare state, and how political institutions mediate the effects of globalization.