Most of the time whe I read an academic book, my feeling is that it would be much better suited as a 30-page academic article. Martin Ruhs’ The Price of Rights is a rare exception to my general rule. This is a carefully researched and compelling book, bringing together a good mix of historical background, new empirical work, theoretical insight, and case study evidence to examine this important topic. In my commentary I wish to focus on what I see as some of the key achievements of the book, and then what I see as the main avenues for future work in migration studies that can build on the work here.

The idea that there is potentially a trade-off between the rights given to migrants and opportunity for them to migrate in the...

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