1st Edition

Global Migration
Patterns, processes, and politics

ISBN 9780415683876
Published May 27, 2016 by Routledge
262 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Global Migration provides a clear, concise, and well-organized discussion of historical patterns and contemporary trends of migration, while guiding the readers through an often difficult and politicised topic. Aimed primarily at undergraduate and Master’s students, the text encourages the readers to reflect on economic processes, politics, immigrant lives and raises debates about inclusion, exclusion, and citizenship. The text critically highlights the global character of contemporary migration and the importance of historical context to current processes and emphasises the role of gender, race and national ideologies in shaping migration experiences. 

Using over a decade of their own insight into teaching undergraduate migration courses in the US and the UK, and the knowledge and understanding of the subject they have acquired as migration researchers, the authors offer an accessible and student-friendly manner for readers to understand and explore the complex issue of migration. The book features numerous international case studies, a chapter dedicated to the perspective of the immigrants themselves, as well as key terms and further readings at the end of each chapter. 

Both theoretically and empirically informed Global Migration examines the subject in a holistic and expansive way. It will equip students with an understanding of the complex issues of migration and serve as a guide for instructors in structuring their courses and in identifying important bodies of scholarly research on migration issues.

Table of Contents


1. Making sense of global migration

2. Global migration in historical perspective

3. Migrant labour in the economy

4. Migration and development

5. Refugees

6. Immigration control and border politics

7. The politics of citizenship and integration

8. Migrant identities, mobilizations, and place-making practices

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Elizabeth Mavroudi is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Geography at Loughborough University, UK.

Caroline Nagel is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina, USA.


'With Global Migration, Elizabeth Mavroudi and Caroline Nagel provide a much-needed textbook for the study of one of the most important topics of our time. Their multidisciplinary approach offers comprehensive insights into the global patterns, politics, and practices of migration. A product of and for the classroom, the book is engaging and highly accessible to students.'

Harald Bauder, Ph.D. Professor, Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS) & Dept. of Geography, Ryerson University, Canada

'An impressively comprehensive account of one of the world’s most important geographical phenomena – the movement of people across borders. Global Migration is a must-read for any serious student of migration, and will appeal to a wide range of social-science disciplines and degree programmes.'

Russell King, Professor of Geography, University of Sussex; Visiting Professor of Migration Studies (and former Willy Brandt Guest Professor), Malmö University, Sweden.

‘This is an invaluable guide to understanding global migration. Beginning with a historical overview of global migration from the sixteenth century onwards, the book then focuses on labour migration, migration and development, refugees, state regulation, citizenship and integration and migrant lives and identities. The book engages with a wide range of ideas and examples in illuminating and compelling ways. Particularly impressive in the clarity of its multi-disciplinary approach, the book provides an excellent guide for both students and a wider readership interested in learning more about the complex and multi-faceted nature of migration and how it shapes our world.’

Alison Blunt, Professor of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, UK 

Global Migration is a valuable, up to-date and highly readable account of contemporary migration, its processes, politics, and geographical causes and consequences.
Jonathan Darling, University of Manchester, Geography, Volume 102