Exceptional people : how migration shaped our world and will define our future / Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron, and Meera Balarajan.Material type: BookPublisher: Princeton, N. J. : Princeton University Press, c2011Description: xv, 371 p. : ill., charts, graphs, maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780691145723.Subject(s): Emigration and immigrationDDC classification: 304.8 G618
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From the publisher. Throughout history, migrants have fueled the engine of human progress. Their movement has sparked innovation, spread ideas, relieved poverty, and laid the foundations for a global economy. In a world more interconnected than ever before, the number of people with the means and motivation to migrate will only increase. Exceptional People looks at the profound advantages that such dynamics will have for countries and migrants the world over. Challenging the received wisdom that a dramatic growth in migration is undesirable, the book proposes new approaches for governance that will embrace this international mobility. The authors explore the critical role of human migration since humans first departed Africa some fifty thousand years ago -- how the circulation of ideas and technologies has benefited communities and how the movement of people across oceans and continents has fueled economies. They show that migrants in today's world connect markets, fill labor gaps, and enrich social diversity. Migration also allows individuals to escape destitution, human rights abuses, and repressive regimes. However, the authors indicate that most current migration policies are based on misconceptions and fears about migration's long-term contributions and social dynamics. Future policies, for good or ill, will dramatically determine whether societies can effectively reap migration's opportunities while managing the risks of the twenty-first century. A guide to vigorous debate.
Spring 2012 Selected Accessions List.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -357) and index.
Migration from prehistory to Columbus -- Global migrations: toward a world economy -- "Managed" migration in the twentieth century (1914-1973) -- Leaving home: migration decisions and processes -- Immigration and border control -- The impacts of migration -- The future of migration -- A global migration agenda.