This paper discusses how a state can reconstruct its function to provide safety to its constituent population after having become a destination country of international population movements (IPM). First, the paper considers why it is the responsibility of a state to provide safety to its constituent population. Second, using an International Political Economy perspective, it is claimed that a change in economic circumstances will lead to a change in the political domain. Third, when they accept new norms, actors in world politics could change their ways of action. Fourth, if a norm alternative to nationalism is formulated, the state could alter its action to provide safety to foreign nationals. Fifth, a state’s understanding of ‘the constituent population of a society’ can be modified in accordance with a changing knowledge of the characteristics of a state’s boundaries. It is concluded that a state’s responsibility to provide safety to its constituent population should remain unchanged, but an understanding of the form of such a population has to be updated. A state of destination country of IPM should characterize the foreign nationals within its territory as a ‘transterritorial public’, and provide safety to them just as it would to its nationals.
International population movements, International political economy, State boundaries, Migrants, Safety.
Department of International Tourism,
Nagasaki International University
Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan