IMMIGRATION IS A historical phenomenon, although it did assume some added characteristics after World War II. The simple portrayal of immigration is the movement of people who desire better life opportunities outside their place of origin. This definition comes with the stereotyping of the traditional actors involved in the process of migration, such as the sending country, the receiving country, and the socioeconomic migrant as opposed to the refugee. The catchword of globalization alerts us to some of the new conditions that were conducive for the novel shape of contemporary migration flows. In this altered context, however, one can also depict a strong undercurrent that portrays immigration at the global scale as a polarized affair: The massive movement of humans across international borders has come ...

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