1st Edition

Migration Between Nations A Global Introduction

By Mark Abrahamson Copyright 2023
    196 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    From refugees fleeing wars or natural disasters to economic migrants pursuing better paid jobs abroad, international migration is an inescapable part of the modern world. Migration Between Nations: A Global Introduction provides a succinct and accessible overview of the varied types of migrants who cross national boundaries.

    Drawing upon a wide-ranging selection of case studies and the latest research findings, migration patterns and recent trends throughout the world are surveyed and summarized, with particular attention to movement from the global south to the global north. In a highly inter-disciplinary analysis, the social, cultural and economic integration of migrants and of their offspring in their new homelands are also explored. Employing approaches from a number of disciplines, the methods and techniques that researchers use to study various aspects of migration and integration are also explained.

    Migration Between Nations: A Global Introduction will be essential reading for students in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including sociology, anthropology, ethnic studies, geography, global studies, history, and political science.

    1. Globalization and Migration


    Globalization and Migration

    Types of Migrants

    Migrant Workers

    High Skill Workers

    Transnational Professionals


    Low Skill Workers


    Trafficked Migrants


    Foreign Students

    Family Migration

    Marriage Migration

    Tourism and Migration

    International Tourism

    Immigrant Immersion Tourism

    Medical Tourism



    2. The Economic Driver

    Macro Perspectives

    From Push Pull to Neoclassical Macro

    Leaving Venezuela

    Micro Perspectives

    Neoclassical Micro Theory

    Aspirations Versus Capability

    Aspirations and the Inverted U

    New Economics of Labor Migration

    Meso Analysis

    Household Risk Avoidance

    Relative Deprivation


    Actual Economic Returns

    The Welfare Magnet Thesis

    Migrant Selectivity

    Methodological Issues

    Socioeconomic Status Selectivity

    Socioeconomic Selectivity and Downward Mobility

    Personality Selectivity


    3. Environmental Drivers: Climate Change and Natural Disasters

    The Status of Environmental Migrants

    Methodological Issues

    Measuring the Environmental Event

    Measuring Migration as a Response

    Empirical Research

    In the Global South

    In the Global North


    Proximate Drivers


    Types of Entrapment

    Civil Conflict



    4. Connections between Origins and Destinations

    Culture and Linguistic Distance

    Culture and its Measurement

    Language and its Measurement

    Cultural Distance and Migration

    Linguistic Distance and Migration

    Chain Migration

    Case Study 4.1: Chain Migration from Bangladesh to Italy

    Case Study 4.2: Chain Migration of Mexican Gay Men

    Migration Chains as Stimuli

    The Chain Multiplier

    Cumulative Causation

    Stepwise Migration

    Case Study 4.3: Stepwise Migration of Multinational Maids

    Transnational Families

    Case Study 4.4: Husbands Left Behind in Ghana


    Case Study 4.5: Conflict Over Remittances in Nepal

    Return Migration

    Case Study 4.6: Deciding Whether to Return to Liberia

    Generational Differences

    Drivers of Return



    5. Undocumented Migrants

    Estimating Undocumented Populations

    Undocumented Migrants in Leading Destination Nations




    Surreptitious Border Crossing

    Undocumented Minors from Central America



    Sexual Exploitation

    Sex Workers


    Visa Overstays

    Enforcement and Detention




    6. The Social Integration of Migrants and their Offspring

    Conceptualizing Integration

    Dimensions of Integration

    Socioeconomic Standing

    The "Immigrant Optimism Paradox"

    Place Effects

    Gender and Motive

    Race, Skin Tone and Gender: The New Immigrant Survey

    Time and Place Generalizations

    Spatial Integration

    The Chicago School

    New Migration Patterns


    Marriage Markets

    Language and Cultural Proximity

    Marriage Dissolution

    Marital Opportunities

    Education and Gender

    Asian Americans

    Assimilability as a Criterion




    7. Migrant Settlements

    Refugee Camps



    Ghettos in European Cities

    Dispersal Policies


    Leave or Stay?



    Becoming Cross-National


    Los Angeles and Monterrey Park

    Cross-National Enterprises

    Comparing Settlement Types



    8. Immigrants Contributions and Natives’ Perceptions

    Misperceptions About Immigrants

    Fear of Crime

    Crime in Sanctuary Cities

    Welfare Benefits

    Economic Impact: Low Skill Workers

    Economic Impact: High Skill Workers

    Community Effects

    To Change Misperceptions

    Perceptions of Size

    Changing Attitudes



    Mark Abrahamson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, USA. His former positions include Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research; Program Director at the National Science Foundation; and Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University, USA. He is the author of more than 20 books and monographs, and numerous research articles in major social science journals. Among his recent books are Globalizing Cities: A Brief Introduction (Routledge, 2019); Studying Cities and City Life: An Introduction to Methods of Research (Routledge, 2016); Urban Sociology: A Global Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and Classical Theory and Modern Studies: Introduction to Sociological Theory (Pearson, 2010).