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Exceptional people : how migration shaped our world and will define our future

Author: Ian Goldin; Geoffrey Cameron; Meera Balarajan
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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"Throughout history, migrants have fueled the engine of human progress. Their movement has sparked innovation, spread ideas, relieved poverty, and laid the foundations for a global economy. In a world more interconnected than ever before, the number of people with the means and motivation to migrate will only increase. Exceptional People looks at the profound advantages that such dynamics will have for countries and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Goldin; Geoffrey Cameron; Meera Balarajan
ISBN: 9780691145723 0691145725 9780691156316 069115631X
OCLC Number: 587249057
Awards: Winner of PROSE Awards: Sociology & Social Work 2011.
Description: xv, 371 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Past : Migration from prehistory to Columbus: Early migration, Connecting humanity, Migration and humanity ; Global migrations: toward a world economy: The age of exploration, Imperialism and coercion, Unfree migrations: slavery and indentured labor, Global "free" migrations (ca. 1840-1914), Builders of the modern world ; "Managed" migration in the twentieth century (1914-1973): The end of the liberal period, The interwar period: economic decline and regulated migration, Post-WWII migrations, Finding reasons to regulate --
pt. II. Present : Leaving home: migration decisions and processes: Micro-level: individuals and families, meso-level: networks and systems, Macro-level: demographic, political, and economic conditions, Individual, society, and national influences ; Immigration and border control: Channels and flows of migration, Economic migration, Social migration, Refugee migration, Border control, Beyond border controls ; The impacts of migration: Impacts on receiving countries, Impacts on sending countries, Impacts on migrants, Impacts on societies and migrants --
pt. III. Future : The future of migration: The backdrop of globalization, Supply of migrants, Demands for migrants ; A global migration agenda: Thought experiment, ; A long-term vision of freer movement, Principles for global migration, The need for global leadership.
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A guide to debate and action. It charts the past and present of international migration and makes practical recommendations that allow everyone to benefit from its unstoppable future growth. It also  Read more...

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