International Migration: A Very Short Introduction

International Migration: A Very Short Introduction

by Khalid Koser
     
 

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Why has international migration become an issue of such intense public and political concern? How closely linked are migrants with terrorist organizations? What factors lie behind the dramatic increase in the number of women migrating?This Very Short Introduction looks at the phenomenon of international human migration -- both legal and illegal -- to reveal that

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Why has international migration become an issue of such intense public and political concern? How closely linked are migrants with terrorist organizations? What factors lie behind the dramatic increase in the number of women migrating?This Very Short Introduction looks at the phenomenon of international human migration -- both legal and illegal -- to reveal that migration actually presents opportunities that must be taken advantage of in light of the current economic climate. The author debunks myths such as the claim that migrants take jobs away from local workers, and that they take advantage of the health care system and western living conditions without returning any benefits of their own, and reveals thatsociety as we now know it can not function without them. Not only do migrants fill a key gap in the domestic labour market, they also have a significant impact on the economies of their home countries -- in places such as Mexico and the Philippines, the remittances they send home often exceed official developmentaid. Using interviews with migrants from around the world, the author presents the human side of topics such as asylum and refugees, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, development, and the international labour force. His goal throughout is to allow readers to see beyond the negative spin usually given the subject by the media and politicians, and come to their own conclusions on the international migration situation today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191579004
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
02/22/2007
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,197,560
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Dr Khalid Koser (MBE) is Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund. He is a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security at the University of Maastricht. He is also chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies.

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