The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration provides a theoretical account of the causes, nature, and extent of the movement of international South-North migrants between affluent and poorer countries. The puzzle is: why are there so few international migrants out of most places? And why are there so many out of so few places? Only once migration out of a few places has started, do we see relatively more people moving. Mass mobility proceeds only
when migrant networks turn local assets into transnational ones. The book also examines the reasons why many immigrants continue to keep ties to their places of origin, and why these ties do
not hinder the adaptation of newcomers to immigration countries. These ties span immigration and emigration countries and form transnational social spaces, ranging from border-crossing families to refuges diasporas. Transnational social formations carry far-reaching implications for immigration adaptation, dual citizenship, and transnationalizing civil societites. The author provides an empirical grounding for his arguments by analysing the Turkish-German example.
`a fascinating and critical overview of the dominant theories of migration that is well worth reading, and adds valuably to the increasing contemporary literature on this subject.'
Jeff Handmaker, The Ethnic Conflict, Vol.3, No.2
1: Lacunae Of Migration And Post-Migration Theories
2: A Review Of Dominant Theories Of International Migration
3: Situating The First Puzzle: Why So Few Migrants And Why So Many?
4: The Crucial Meso Link: Social Capital In Social And Symbolic Ties
5: The Selective Functions Of Social Capital: Why So Few Migrants Out Of Most Places?
6: The Selective And Diffusion Functions Of Social Capital: Why So Many Migrants Out Of So Few Places?
7: The Bridging Function Of Social Capital: Transnational Social Spaces
8: The Adaptive Functions Of Social Capital: Transnationalization And Nation-State Membership
9: Elements For Multilevel Research On International Migration And Post-Migration Processes