Economic perspectives on migration

Authored by: Peter Karpestam , Fredrik N. G. Andersson

Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415779722
eBook ISBN: 9780203863299
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183493


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The economic literature on migration has grown rapidly over the last decades. Although the literature covers a wide range of different topics which are all related to migration, it has three distinct characteristics. First, it focuses almost entirely on labor migration, and other types of migrants (e.g. refugees) are typically ignored. Second, it contains a well-known, but often unexpressed, division between internal migration (migration within countries) and international migration (King and Skeldon 2010). Third, it emphasizes on the determinants of migration rather than their consequences (Greenwood 1985). However, because the causes of migration and its consequences are closely related, the same theories can be used to explain both international and internal migration.

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