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.

Counting Contemporary Immigration Flows
Counting contemporary immigration flows

A recent study published by the United Nations reports that in 2005 there were 191 million people worldwide who were living outside of their birth country—a figure that means world migration had doubled over the course of the past half century (United Nations, 2006, p. 5). Who are these people? Do we know how many women are included in that figure? What about racial or religious groups? What are their socioeconomic circumstances? What about their political circumstances? What countries do they come from? Where do they end up? Can we specify the reasons they opted to become immigrants? This chapter is intended to provide a demographic portrait of today's cross-border movers, in an effort to explore the extent ...

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