Migration : Changing the World

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Constant migration is a worldwide phenomenon that creates sharp divisions between those who accept the need for migrants and welcome the contributions they make and those who oppose them on xenophobic grounds. Guy Arnold provides a comprehensive survey of the consequences of migration. Arnold studies both the massive internal migrations in China and India that drive economic development and the influx of cheap labour into the advanced economies of the USA and EU. He shows that migrants are essential to advanced countries, filling skills gaps and bolstering ageing and static populations. He argues that the constant flow of people in all directions should be welcomed as a positive assault upon outdated, narrow nationalism. Packed with statistics that support the argument that migration is a force for positive change, Arnold's analysis will be an excellent resource for journalists, policy makers and students of sociology, human geography and anthropology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745329063
  • 9780745329062
  • 2,170,992

About Guy Arnold

Guy Arnold is a freelance writer and the author of fifty books, mainly concerned with relations between global North and South, with special emphasis upon Africa. These include Wars in the Third World since 1945 (1995), The New South Africa (2000), Africa: A Modern History (2005) and The New Scramble for Africa (2009show more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I THE AMERICAS 1 The United States of America 2 Mexico 3 Canada and the Caribbean 4 South America Part II EUROPE 5 The European Union 6 Britain 7 France and Germany 8 Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece 9 Europe's Small Developed States 10 East Europe, Turkey 11 Russia Part III AFRICA 12 Africa and Europe 13 Sudan and the Horn 14 The Congo, Rwanda, Burundi 15 West Africa 16 Southern Africa Part IV ASIA 17 China 18 India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka 19 Southeast Asia 20 Southwest Asia, The Gulf 21 The Asian Periphery 22 Tentative Conclusions References Bibliography indexshow more

Review quote

Migration stirs the emotions and often fierce personal controversy. Today populations are on the move as never in history. Guy Arnold points out that between 1990 and 2005 the number of migrants worldwide rose from 36 million to 191 million. It will continue to increase in the decades ahead. A bad or a good thing? The author's decisive answer comes in his last sentence: 'Migration represents a positive world phenomenon.' -- Derek Ingram, Commonwealth commentator This book makes a compelling case for governments and regional organisations to show greater openness and, above all, humanity, in matters of migration. In country after country, Guy Arnold reveals both the contradictions and the unintended consequences of government policies that have attempted to control or limit immigration. His grasp of the major historical and economic forces underlying current population flows around the world is impressive indeed. -- Richard Synge, Consultant Editor, Global (www.global-briefing.org)show more