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The Atlas of Human Migration

Global Patterns of People on the Move

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Paperback: 9781849711500
pub: 2010-07-30

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Migration has provided millions with an escape route from poverty or oppression, ensuring the survival, even prosperity, of individuals and their families. New currents of human migration, triggered by ethnic cleansing or climate change or economic need, are appearing all the time and immigration has become one of today's most contested issues. This compelling new atlas maps contemporary migration against its crucial economic, social, cultural and demographic contexts. Drawing on data from one of the largest concentrations of migration research, the atlas traces the story of migration from its historical roots through the economic and conflict imperatives of the last 50 years to the causes and effects of flight today. Issues covered include:

  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Diasporas
  • Remittances
  • The 'brain drain
  • Trafficking
  • Student, retirement and return migration.


'Whilst not specifically aimed at schools this book provides teachers with excellent background information that can be used in lessons or as a source of research for older students.' Global Dimension Website

'A really fascinating book with both a historical and contemporary scope…Only with such a volume can one appreciate the extent and implications of migration patterns.' David Lorimer, Network Review and Omnipedia - Thinking for Tomorrow

Table of Contents

Part I: The Grand Narrative: Migration through the Ages Part II: A World in Flux: Contemporary Global Migration Patterns Part III: The Age of Migration: Hybrid Identities of Human Mobility Part IV: Data & Sources Economics & Movement Migration Policy Sources Index

About the Authors

Russell King is Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex, and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. He is the editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Richard Black is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sussex, and Head of the School of Global Studies.

Michael Collyer is Lecturer in Human Geography and Migration Studies at the University of Sussex. Whilst based at Sussex he has held a Nuffield Career Development Fellowship and a Marie Curie International Fellowship, with visiting appointments at universities in Morocco, Egypt and Sri Lanka. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Anthony Fielding is Research Professor in Human Geography at the University of Sussex, and has been researching migration for over 40 years.

Ronald Skeldon is Professorial Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Sussex, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Department for International Development (DfID) in London.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration