Global Migration: The Basics

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Migration is a politically sensitive topic and an important aspect of contentious debates about social and cultural diversity, economic stability, terrorism, globalization, and nationalism. Global Migration: The Basics examines:

•  history and geography of global migration

•  the role of migrants in society

•  impact of migrants on the economy and the political system

•  policy challenges that need to be faced in confronting a rapidly changing world economy and society.

This book challenges students of geography, political science, public policy, sociology, and economics to look beyond the rhetoric and consider the real and basic facts about migration. Through detailed examinations of the scholarly literature, demographic patterns, and public policy debates, Global Migration: The Basics exposes readers to the underlying causes and consequences of migration.



"As a resource that synthesizes the broad scope of human migration in an accessible 175-page work, this book warrants a worthy tribute in examining the different types of migration and migrants. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate students and above."
A. Cho, University of British Columbia, CHOICE Review

“In Global Migration: The Basics, Hanlon and Vicino deliver on an important promise by providing an accessible primer on the causes and consequences of human migration for readers who know little about these topics. Given the relative inattention of the planning academy to issues of immigration but the obvious importance of global migration for planning theory and practice, it stands to reason that many planning scholars and practitioners alike will benefit from this book … it provides an excellent introduction to the field of international migration that will act as a foundation for planning scholars who want to incorporate issues of international migration into their research. In other words, this book provides important and strategic insights into why migration occurs, who migrates and the influence of the state in helping to determine these two issues. This breadth and the comparative aspects of the book are absolutely crucial for providing a basic competence for planning scholars and practitioners interested in international migration.”
Journal of Planning Research and Education