The most up-to-date analysis of today's immigration issues

As the authors state in Chapter 1, “the movement of people across national borders represents one of the most vivid dramas of social reality in the contemporary world.” This comparative text examines contemporary immigration across the globe, focusing on 20 major nations. Noted scholars Peter Kivisto and Thomas Faist introduce students to important topics of inquiry at the heart of the field, including

Movement: Explores the theories of migration using a historical perspective of the modern world.

Settlement: Provides clarity concerning the controversial matter of immigrant incorporation and refers to the varied ways immigrants come to be a part of a new society.

Control: Focuses on the politics of immigration and examines the role of states in shaping how people choose to migrate.

Key Features

Provides comprehensive coverage of topics not covered in other texts, such as state and immigration control, focusing on policies created to control migratory flow and evolving views of citizenship; Offers a global portrait of contemporary immigration, including a demographic overview of today's cross-border movers; Offers critical assessments of the achievements of the field to date; Encourages students to rethink traditional views about the distinction between citizen and alien in this global age; Suggests paths for future research and new theoretical developments

Beyond a Border is a part of the SAGE Pine Forge Sociology for a New Century Series. It offers professors a powerful and timely option to incorporate the topic of immigration in their courses.

Accounting for Immigration Flows
Accounting for immigration flows

From the middle of the 20th century to the present, a major wave of immigration has been occurring worldwide, and despite the efforts of some receiving nations to curtail the flow of migrants entering their borders, it has not abated. The major recipients of immigration include virtually all the advanced industrial nations of the world, but it is not limited to them. Not surprisingly, historic settler nations—particularly the United States, Canada, and Australia—have witnessed large influxes of newcomers. So have the nations of western Europe, where even the geographically isolated Iceland has received small numbers of immigrants from such diverse origins as Poland and Vietnam. Despite its hostility to immigration, Japan has received substantial numbers of foreigners into ...

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