Immigration and Asylum

From 1900 to the Present

by Matthew J. Gibney and Randall Hansen, Editors


Across a 20th century marked by world wars, regional conflicts, rising and collapsing empires, and the dawn of globalization, the flow of immigrants and asylum seekers reached unprecedented levels. And though America was by far the most popular destination, immigration (voluntary and otherwise) affected virtually every corner of the globe and continues in record numbers today.

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June 2005


Pages 1095
Volumes 3
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Current Events and Issues/General
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A comprehensive and timely examination of the history and current status of immigrants and refugees—their stories, the events that led to their movement, and the place of these movements in contemporary history and politics.

Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present is an accessible and up-to-date introduction to the key concepts, terms, personalities, and real-world issues associated with the surge of immigration from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. It focuses on the United States, but is also the first encyclopedic work on the subject that reflects a truly global perspective.

With contributions from the world's foremost authorities on the subject, Immigration and Asylum offers nearly 200 entries organized around four themes: immigration and asylum; the major migrating groups around the world; expulsions and other forced population movements; and the politics of migration. In addition to basic entries, the work includes in-depth essays on important trends, events, and current conditions. There is no better resource for exploring just how profoundly the voluntary and forced movement of asylum seekers and refugees has transformed the world—and what that transformation means to us today.


  • Nearly 200 A–Z entries on immigration and asylum around the world
  • 150+ contributors, including leading immigration scholars from around the globe such as Nathan Glazer, Saskia Sassen, Ari Zolberg, James Hollifield, Desmond King, and Stephen Castles
  • A separate volume of primary source documents, including legislation, treaties, speeches, and United Nations documents
  • A chronology of major movements of migrants and asylum seekers


  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date reference on immigration and asylum available and the only encyclopedic work to cover these issues from a global perspective
  • Authoritative yet accessible to general readers exploring the key issues, terminology, and public figures
  • Covers both voluntary and forced immigration, as well as all relevant historic, economic, political, and cultural factors
  • Offers worldwide coverage, with a focus on the United States
Author Info

Matthew J. Gibney, Ph.D, is Elizabeth Colson Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, and Official Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, England. His published works include Globalizing Rights and The Ethics and the Politics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees. He has published many articles on immigration, asylum, and the liberal democratic state in a range of journals, including the American Political Science Review, Government and Opposition, and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

Randall Hansen, Ph.D., is associate professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Governance in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. His published works include Citizenship and Immigration in Post-War Britain, Dual Nationality, Social Rights, and Federal Citizenship in the U.S. and Europe, and articles on immigration, citizenship, and asylum published in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and the European Journal of Political Research.



"College-level reference libraries with strong holdings in social issues won't want to miss this superbly published, A to Z, three-volume encyclopedia. . . . An outstanding library reference for any college-level or public library strong in immigration history or social issues."Midwest Book Review

"Advanced students will find the set to be an exceptional collection of information about international immigration primarily in the 20th century to the present."Library Media Connection

"Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present would make a useful addition to any reference collection."American Reference Books Annual

"Scholarly but accessible to the lay reader, this set will find an audience in both academic and public libraries."Against the Grain

"ABC-CLIO's Immigration and Asylum goes a long way to remedying the lack of an international-based reference work on migration."Reference & User Services Quarterly


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