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Migration

Charles Watters

in Childhood Studies

ISBN: 9780199791231
Published online March 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0050
Migration

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There is a large and disparate range of reading available on the subject of migration. This is reflective of the subject matter. Human migration can encompass international businessmen and businesswomen, international students, labor migration, family reunification, human trafficking, transnational adoption and fostering, refugees, and asylum seekers. While migration has been a feature of human life for centuries, the modern age has seen a rapid increase in the pace of migration, in the range of countries migrants are departing from and arriving in, and the diversity of the people who are migrating. There are a number of good general books on the subject as well as specialized studies of the phenomenon in different parts of the globe and of different categories of migrants. National governments and international organizations such as the International Organization of Migration and the International Labour Organization have detailed websites that offer up-to-date information on migration. This includes a mass of “grey literature” including reports commissioned by governments and regional authorities that are aimed toward developing a profile of migrants and the actual and potential needs and demands they may have toward government services. A further salient issue is the interdisciplinary nature of the subject area. Important contributions come from a range of fields such as demography, social policy, sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, psychiatry, and social work. Many valuable studies contain a variety of disciplinary perspectives as well as offer a wide range of methodological approaches

Article.  4625 words. 

Subjects: Development Studies

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