Exceptional People How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future

ISBN-10: 069115631X
ISBN-13: 9780691156316
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

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 Peoplelooks at the profound advantages that such dynamics will have for countries and migrants the world over. Challenging the received wisdom that a dramatic growth in migration is undesirable, the book proposes new approaches for governance that will embrace this international mobility.The authors explore the critical role of human migration since humans first departed Africa some fifty thousand years ago--how the circulation of ideas and technologies has benefited communities and how the movement of people across oceans and continents has fueled economies. They show that migrants in today's world connect markets, fill labor gaps, and enrich social diversity. Migration also allows individuals to escape destitution, human rights abuses, and repressive regimes. However, the authors indicate that most current migration policies are based on misconceptions and fears about migration's long-term contributions and social dynamics. Future policies, for good or ill, will dramatically determine whether societies can effectively reap migration's opportunities while managing the risks of the twenty-first century.A guide to vigorous debate and action,Exceptional Peoplecharts the past and present of international migration and makes practical recommendations that will allow everyone to benefit from its unstoppable future growth.

List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
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
Future
The Future of Migration
The Backdrop of Globalization
Supply of Migrants
Demand for Migrants
A Global Migration Agenda
Thought Experiments
A Long-Term Vision of Freer Movement
Principles for Global Migration
The Need for Global Leadership
Notes
References
Index

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