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Global Migration: The Basics

1st Edition

By Bernadette Hanlon, Thomas J. Vicino


176 pages

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Migration is a politically sensitive topic and an important aspect of contentious debates about social and cultural diversity, economic stability, terrorism, globalization, and nationalism. Global Migration: The Basics examines:

  • history and geography of global migration
  • the role of migrants in society
  • impact of migrants on the economy and the political system
  • policy challenges that need to be faced in confronting a rapidly changing world economy and society.

This book challenges students of geography, political science, public policy, sociology, and economics to look beyond the rhetoric and consider the real and basic facts about migration. Through detailed examinations of the scholarly literature, demographic patterns, and public policy debates, Global Migration: The Basics exposes readers to the underlying causes and consequences of migration.


"As a resource that synthesizes the broad scope of human migration in an accessible 175-page work, this book warrants a worthy tribute in examining the different types of migration and migrants. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate students and above." - A. Cho, University of British Columbia, CHOICE Review, November 2014

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Migration 2 Migrants Across the Globe 3. Migrants and Society 4. Migrants and the Economy 5. Migrants and Public Policy 6. Migrants and the Future

About the Authors

Bernadette Hanlon is Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning Program in the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.

Thomas J. Vicino is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University in Boston, where he is also affiliated with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography