Publications by Author: Rafael De La Dehesa


In this article, we examine the shifting policies of sending country states toward communities living abroad, demonstrate the ways in which these are redefining the relationship between the state and its territorial boundaries, and highlight how these reconfigure conventional understandings of sovereignty, citizenship and membership. We begin by delineating the different types of policies that sending states are adapting in order to break down categories like "global nations policies" and to identify similarities and differences between states. We then suggest some possible explanations both for the convergence we see on the "repertoire" of policies that states employ and divergence we see in how far states are willing to go to ensure that migrants remain enduring long distance membership. We draw on material from several countries, but look most closely at Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.