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Writer and editor Bailey (Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance) here explores the underlying motivations of those who leave their countries to live elsewhere and looks at the impact, both positive and negative, on their adopted countries. After presenting a historical overview of the global consequences of migration, Bailey focuses on the United States, though he also turns his attention to such countries as Mexico, France, the Philippines, and South Africa. Each country's development and current policy are outlined, with specific examples showing how migration and immigration have affected them; the book's central section presents selected primary-source documents illustrating this analysis. The book concludes with a useful collection of facts and statistics regarding immigration and migration in the relevant countries, as well as a glossary of key players, a chronology, and several lists of resources for further research. The "How To Research" chapter is especially enlightening and accessible for high school students.
—Samantha Schmehl Hines