1st Edition

Global Migration Patterns, processes, and politics

By Elizabeth Mavroudi, Caroline Nagel Copyright 2016
    262 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This new, fully updated edition of Global Migration provides students with a thorough and grounded understanding of multiple dimensions of migration, including labour markets, citizenship, border control, integration, and identity.

    Written by two geographers, the book incorporates insights from across the social sciences and is accessible to students in many disciplines. Providing a useful and timely introduction to migration, the textbook addresses migration in a holistic way and equips students with the tools they need to participate in contemporary debates about migration in sending and destination contexts. It conveys to students that the causes and effects of migration are geographically specific and contingent upon class, race, gender, and other markers of social difference. Rather than identifying simple solutions to migration ‘problems’, the book encourages students to think about unauthorized migration, asylum, refugee resettlement, labour migration, and other forms of mobility (and immobility) from different vantage points.

    Global Migration serves as the go-to book for teaching advanced undergraduate and Master’s-level students about the complexities of migration across nation-state borders.


    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


    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