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"With its generally clear exposition and a structure that is logical and even dramatic, this illuminating book deserves wide use in the classroom and beyond." --CANADIAN REVIEW OF STUDIES IN NATIONALISM, XXIX (2002) This book, written by one of the leading authorities on migration, traces the growth of global migration since 1945, showing how it has produced fundamental economic, social and cultural changes in most parts of the world.

The Guest-Worker in Western Europe: An Obituary
The guest-worker in Western Europe: An obituary

The social history of industrialization is the history of labour migration: concentration of capital requires movement of labour. Temporary labour recruitment and contract labour have been significant for centuries throughout the capitalist world: Chinese labour in Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, Indian ‘coolies’ in the West Indies and the migrant labour system in southern Africa are just a few examples. Such systems have often followed on from slavery, and have been seen as preferable in terms of flexibility and controllability. Nineteenth-century industrialization in Europe led to large-scale migrations, both internal rural-urban and international. Most were unorganized, but Germany, France and Switzerland did develop systems of temporary recruitment between 1870 and 1914, ...

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