Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future
November 18, 2013
Throughout history, migrants have fueled the engine of human progress. Their movement has sparked innovation, spread ideas, relieved poverty, and laid the foundations for a global economy. In a world more interconnected than ever before, the number of people with the means and motivation to migrate will only increase. Exceptional People provides a long-term and global perspective on the implications and policy options for societies the world over… The authors explore the critical role of human migration since humans first departed Africa some fifty thousand years ago- how the circulation of ideas and technologies has benefited communities and how the movement of people across oceans and continents has fueled economies. They show that migrants in today’s world connect markets, fill labor gaps, and enrich social diversity… However, the authors indicate that most current migration policies are based on misconceptions and fears about migration’s long-term contributions and social dynamics. Future policies, for good or ill, will dramatically determine whether societies can effectively reap migration’s opportunities while managing the risks of the twenty-first century.
Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future, Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron, and Meera Balarajan. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011. 371 p. ISBN 9780691145723 (pbk.)
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