Forced migrants

From the politics of displacement to a moral economy of reception

Authored by: Charles Watters

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 late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have witnessed a remarkable growth in the extent and in the diversity of international migration. More people are on the move from a wider diversity of countries. The pattern of migration has changed from large-scale migration from one country to a particular destination—for example, the large-scale movement of populations in the mid-twentieth century from former colonies of European powers such as India and Algeria to the UK and France—to more diverse forms of migration not explicable in terms of colonial histories. Part of this phenomenon is, of course, the result of a more globalized economy or what Castells (2000) terms the “network society,” linking the production of goods and services to an ever-expanding interdependent global economy.

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