Edited by Christian Dustmann

Published in print May 2015 | ISBN: 9780198729624
Published online June 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191796463 | DOI:

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The changing economic reality of the last decades has prompted large movements of people across and within national borders, which have given rise to new opportunities and challenges. This volume addresses key aspects of these developments by bringing together a unique collection of contributions by leading scholars from three different disciplines: economics, sociology, and political science. The first part starts with two case studies: The mass migration from the former Soviet Union to Israel in the early 1990s and the mass migration from rural to urban areas in China from the mid-1990s. This part’s final chapter provides a thorough introduction and overview of methodologies that can help to address numerous issues faced by researchers working with migration data such as underlies the analysis in the first two chapters. The second part of the book is a discussion of how societies are shaped by immigration; an investigation of the pitfalls of policies that do not recognize the implications for the decisions of individual migrants; an exploration of the important aspect of family reunification, and an enquiry into whether society should follow a path towards multiculturalism or force newcomers to adopt existing cultures. Finally comes a reflection on whether the diversity created through migration impacts negatively on the societal structure of the receiving countries. These chapters together, written by some of the foremost experts in the areas, provide intriguing insights into the complexity of migratory phenomena and the challenges to policy and society at large.

Keywords: migration; immigration; migrant; reunification; economic change; social challenge; methodologies

Book.  208 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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