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International Migration: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

Khalid Koser
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22 Feb 2007 Very Short Introductions
Why has international migration become an issue of such intense public and political concern? How closely linked are migrants with terrorist organizations? What factors lie behind the dramatic increase in the number of women migrating? This Very Short Introduction looks at the phenomenon of international human migration - both legal and illegal - to reveal that migration actually presents opportunities that must be taken advantage of in light of the current economic climate. The author debunks myths such as the claim that migrants take jobs away from local workers, and that they take advantage of the health care system and western living conditions without returning any benefits of their own, and reveals that society as we now know it can not function without them. Not only do migrants fill a key gap in the domestic labour market, they also have a significant impact on the economies of their home countries - in places such as Mexico and the Philippines, the remittances they send home often exceed official development aid. Using interviews with migrants from around the world, the author presents the human side of topics such as asylum and refugees, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, development, and the international labour force. His goal throughout is to allow readers to see beyond the negative spin usually given the subject by the media and politicians, and come to their own conclusions on the international migration situation today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (22 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199298017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199298013
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Khalid Koser is Lecturer in Human Geography at University College London. He is currently Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, and on the editorial board for the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but very dry 3 Oct 2011
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Reading this for research purposes to try and gain a greater understanding of immigration, this book deals with it on a global scale and is filled with interesting facts and figures (not just the stuff reported in the news or the newspapers) and takes a relatively unbiased view of the topic stating both sides of the case for and against migration in general. Unfortunately Koser's style is a little dry for my liking and it occasionally feels like you're reading one long drawn out statistical analysis with little to no empirical data. When Koser ventures into empirical research the book comes to life as the details are what really interest me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! 18 Mar 2011
This is an excellent introduction to the hot political subject of migration. It is amazing how the author has managed to cover such difficult and complex topics so clearly and concisely. His tone is admirably neutral and I would highly recommend this small book. I am intending to buy more copies to hand out to everyone I know!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says it does 14 Feb 2010
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This very short introduction does exactly what it says it does: it gives a broad overview of the facts, controversies, and discourse surrounding international migration. Previous to reading this, I was only familiar with US-Mexico Migration because of my research area. This broadened my view of migration and put my research in an international perspective. I found it easy to read and informative, even if not altogether original. I won't fault it for lack of originality - that's not what this series is known for. It's just there to give people introductions, which this book does well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short introduction? Maybe. It's a increadible book for beginners. 28 Mar 2011
By Patricia Passos - Rio, Brazil - Published on
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I was making some research for my monographic work and figured out this book here. It was a surprise, I was worried in a first moment, once this book is called "a very short introduction", but I decided to buy it and it was a very good reading, mainly because it's easy to understand what points the author wanna expose. Anyway, the name very short introduction is due to the way he organizes the book, I mean, each relevant theme about international migration is explained and material for futher reading is given. So, this is, in my opinion, a great book to give directions and help you to organize your ideas before buying all about international migration without knowing the directions of each book (yeah, the author does explain abt other books too).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Sub--Title 19 Feb 2011
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I don't think I have ever read a book with the subtitle: "A Very Short Introduction." It almost makes you think that the book might not be worth reading if it designates itself as being so limited in scope. However, such is not the case, at all! This is an excellent book written by a scholar. The content is well arranged and informative. The price is a bargain for such quality.
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