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Advanced Introduction to Migration Studies

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Advanced Introduction to Migration Studies

9781789906585 Edward Elgar Publishing
Ronald Skeldon, Emeritus Professor, Department of Geography, University of Sussex, UK and Honorary Professor, Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 658 5 Extent: 176 pp
Providing a timely overview of the main issues and scholarship in migration studies, Ronald Skeldon examines the principal methods of migration and offers in-depth guidance on trends and types of population movements in today’s world. Key areas such as forced movements and refugees are considered, alongside voluntary migration, migration policy and the relationship between migration and development.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.
 
Providing a timely overview of the main issues and scholarship in migration studies, Ronald Skeldon examines the principal methods of migration and offers in-depth guidance on trends and types of population movements in today’s world. Key areas such as forced movements and refugees are considered, alongside more voluntary migration and the relationship between migration and development. The main approaches to migration policy are also reviewed.
 
Key features include:
 
• a broad interdisciplinary approach to migration studies
• consideration of both internal and international migration
• a fresh look at future migration challenges
• a substantial review of the literature.
 
This insightful Advanced Introduction will be an excellent resource for both graduates and undergraduates studying migration. It will also be a useful guide for researchers in government departments, international agencies and think tanks who are actively engaged in work on migration.
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‘This first comprehensive overview of migration studies summarizes research about international and internal, voluntary and forced migrations across the world’s more and less developed regions. The book explains concisely the field’s data, concepts, and theories, as refined since the 19th century, and its contributions to contemporary public policies that enhance benefits and minimize disruptions from population movements. Drawing on five decades as a migrant, researcher, teacher, and policy advisor, the author provides essential guidance to future research and policy making.’
– Josh DeWind, Program Director, Social Science Research Council, 1994-2020, US

‘Drawing from different disciplines and guided by a geographical approach, Prof. Skeldon draws on a lifetime of work on internal and international migration to provide a clear and concise introduction to the field of migration without skirting the thorny issues. The book invites students to think critically and delve into different methodologies and scales of analysis to develop their own critical understanding of migration.’
– Valentina Mazzucato, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

‘This book synthesizes a lifetime of insights into international migration by one of its leading interpreters. Skeldon sketches the contours of why people move, how states attempt to control them, and the social consequences of mobility. Few other scholars dare to write at this global scale, link past and present, and cut across academic disciplines - all while maintaining the humility to point out what we don’t know and the challenges of knowing it.’
– David Scott FitzGerald, University of California San Diego, US
Contents
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction to migration studies 2. Migration measured 3. Migration described 4. Migration conceptualized: the socio-economic context 5. Migration constrained: the political context 6. Developmental migration 7. Migration managed 8. Migration futures 9. Migration studies: a way forward Afterword and acknowledgements References Index
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