Project Description

Global Migration.
Old Assumptions, New Dynamics (3 Volumes)

Edited with A. Wiesbrock (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2015).
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Many don’t realize that migration has been a central element of global social change since the 15th century. Unfortunately, misconceptions about the 3 percent of world citizens who do choose to migrate can be destructive. In 2008, riots broke out in South Africa over workers from neighboring countries. Today’s rising tensions along the U.S.-Mexican border are inciting political, social, and economic upheaval. In the EU, political fortunes rise and fall on positions regarding the future of multiculturalism in Europe.

Relying on fact, not rhetoric, this three-volume book seeks to inform readers, allay fears, and advance solutions. While other reference works tend to limit their scope to one country or one dimension of this hot-button issue, this book looks at the topic through a wide and interdisciplinary lens. Truly global in scope, this collection explores issues on all five continents, discussing examples from more than 50 countries through analysis by 40 top scholars across 8 disciplines. By exploring the past, present, and future of measures that have been implemented in an attempt to deal with migration—ranging from regularization procedures to criminalization—readers will be able to understand this worldwide phenomenon. Both the expert and the general reader will find a wealth of information free of the unsustainable claims and polarized opinions usually presented in the media.

  • The book was launched in Bristol at the Centre for the Studies of Ethnicity and Citizenship on 25 June 2015, with a discussion with Professors Dimitry Kochenov and Chris Bertram.
  • The book was launched in London at the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) on 2 July 2015 with a debate between numerous stakeholders including the European Union, journalists, think tanks, academics and MPs and MEPs.
  • The book was launched in Brasilia on 8 July 2015 within the framework of an event organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and Brazil’s Ministry of Justice on mobility in frontier regions.
  • The book has been review in the REHMU Journal (in Portuguese) here:
‘Global Migration: Old Assumptions, New Dynamics is a timely and much-needed account of the complexities inherent in the constantly present but ever evolving phenomenon of international mobility. By debunking some of the all-too- numerous myths and misperceptions characterizing the migration discourse, the book provides a fresh, comprehensive, and nuanced analysis that can serve policymakers, academics, and citizens alike to challenge their old assumptions, opinions, and policy perspectives, based on the new dynamics of international migration. This volume is particularly timely, given that extremism, migrant-scapegoating, and xenophobia are on the rise: factual and accessible information about migration, such as that contained in this book, can contribute significantly to a fairer migration debate, greater tolerance of migrants, and the re-thinking of old assumptions about migration.’
Laura Thompson, International Organization for Migration Deputy Director General
‘In times of global changes in all policy areas, when global migration realities are in constant evolution, this book perfectly highlights historic developments and current questions. The significant quantity and impressive quality of authors makes this book an obligation to read.’
Gabriela Abado, Acting Director General International Centre for Migration Policy Development
‘Human mobility has become a much-debated issue in the politics and media in recent years. However, both often portray this complex phenomenon in extremely basic terms and in concepts that oppose two groups: those who claim that immigration is an opportunity versus those who claim that immigration is a threat. In this context, there is very little space available for a reasoned, nuanced, and scientifically-based approach that explains the phenomenon of migration in all its complexity. Global Migration: Old Assumptions, New Dynamics addresses migration myths and realities in their multifaceted and multidisciplinary dimensions. It helps readers understand the migration phenomenon and offers the opportunity to move away from overly basic or populist approaches. At a time in which immigration polarises political discourses and national elections, being able to rely on informed research to make sound decisions―as policy-maker or citizen―is sorely needed. This book makes a key contribution.’
Dr. Yves Pascouau, Director of Migration and Mobility Policies, European Policy Centre, Brussels; editor of the website

‘The strength is in the breadth of the offerings, providing discussion about the reasons for and results of migration, and the high quality of writing. . . This will be a fine addition to reference works on migration. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections.’


Table of contents

    1. Chapter – Global Migration Issues: Myths and Realities 
      Diego Acosta Arcarazo and Anja Wiesbrock

Part I: Myth: Developed countries are being swamped by migrants

  1. Chapter – Migration Is Historically Normal: Europe as Source and Destination of Global Population Movements,
    Jochen Oltmer
  2. Chapter – Why Do People Migrate? A Review of the Theoretical Economic Literature, Jessica Hagen-Zanker
  3. Chapter – Borders as Floodgates: Contesting the Myth from Federal and Regional International Experiences in Light of EU Free Movement, Sara Iglesias Sánchez

Part II: Myth: Migration only takes place from developing to developed countries and serves as an escape from poverty

  1. Chapter – Ten Myths about Migration and Development: Revelations Involving the Mexico—United States Experience, Raúl Delgado-Wise, Humberto Márquez, and Selene Gaspar
  2. Chapter – Migration to the Gulf States: The Political Economy of Exceptionalism, Philippe Fargues and Françoise De Bel-Air
  3. Chapter – “Almost a Brazilian”: Gringos, Immigration, and Irregularity in Brazil, Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette

Part III: Myth: Migration is economically negative

  1. Chapter – Is Immigration Positive for the Welfare State? The Case of Spain, María Bruquetas-Callejo
  2. Chapter – Labor Migration from India to Italy: Debunking the Myth of the Undesirable Low-Skilled Migrant in the European Union, Kathryn Lum
  3. Chapter – The Myth of Benefit Tourists and Welfare Magnets: A Relationship between Social Welfare and Free Movement in the European Union?, Sergio Carrera, Katharina Eisele, Elspeth Guild, and Joanna Parkin

Part I: Myth: Restrictive migration policies are effective

  1. Chapter – Militarization of the Mexico-U.S. Border and Its Effects on the Circularity of Migrants, Douglas S. Massey and Karen A. Pren
  2. Chapter – Out of Sight, Out of Mind?: The Myths and Realities of Mandatory Immigration Detention, Daniel Ghezelbash and Mary Crock
  3. Chapter – The Quest for Turkish Migration to the European Union: Exploring the Misconceptions, Gözde Kaya

Part II: Myth: Restrictive policies toward migrants are inevitable

  1. Chapter – Regularization in the European Union and the United States: The Frequent Use of an Exceptional Measure, Alan Desmond
  2. Chapter – National Voting Rights for Permanent Residents: New Zealand’s Experience, Kate McMillan
  3. Chapter – Improving Migrants’ Rights in Times of Crisis: Migration Policy in Argentina since 2003, Pablo Ceriani Cernadas

Part III: Myth: Restrictive immigration policies promote integration

  1. Chapter – Mevrouw De Jong Gaat Eten: Naturalization Biases Tested in Practice, Dimitry Kochenov
  2. Chapter – Family Reunion as a Means of Integration: Has It Failed or Succeeded?, Thomas Huddleston
  3. Chapter – The Mythical Death of Multiculturalism, Tariq Modood
Part I: Myth: Migrant workers cannot get equal rights

  1. Chapter – Straight Talk about the Dynamics of Labor Migration, Jennifer Gordon
  2. Chapter – Revisiting the Myth of Guest Worker Programs: The Case of Malaysia, Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas

Part II: Myth: Migrants are a threat to society

  1. Chapter – False Narratives in the Migration Debate: Playing Games with Immigrants’ Lives in Greece, Anastassia Tsoukala
  2. Chapter – Migration Myths and Extreme Xenophobia in South Africa, Jonathan Crush and Sujata Ramachandran
  3. Chapter – International Migration and Immigrant Settlement in the United States, Wei Li and Wan Yu

Part III: Myth: Migration always harms the prospects of developing countries by causing a brain drain

  1. Chapter – High-Skilled Migration: A New Way Forward for Europe, the United States, and the World, Andrew Rottas and Terri Givens
  2. Chapter – Promoting Circular International Migration of the Highly Skilled, Metka Hercog and Melissa Siegel
  3. Chapter – Student Migration from India: Implications for the Origin and the Host Countries, Shantanu Sarkar and Rashmi Sharma
  4. Chapter – Changing Dynamics of Remittance Flows and Their Impact on the Economy: The Case of Pakistan, Hisaya Oda
Some pictures of the various book launches