The changing configuration of migration and race

Authored by: Miri Song

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 terms migration and race are often mutually constitutive. The coupling of these two concepts is based upon historical events in which, especially post-World War II, migration to Western societies has effectively meant the migration of mostly non-white people from post-colonial societies, such as former British “subjects” in Pakistan, or Turkish “guest workers” moving and settling in (then) West Germany, or Algerians moving to France. The term migration has also been used by many analysts as strongly linked with the dynamics of racisms, disadvantaged status, and the representation and positioning of the “other.”

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