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Human Migration and the Refugee Crisis
Origins and Global Impact
by Eliot Dickinson
September 2023, 240pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5844-4
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According to the United Nations, the total number of forcibly displaced people worldwide now exceeds 100 million, the highest it has been since the end of World War II.

Discover the origins and consequences of human movement over time, from the 16th-century Age of Discovery to 21st-century immigration politics.

Here, the complex forces behind international migration and the enormous impact it is having on our globalized world are examined. Chapters cover both the challenges and opportunities associated with migration in a broad selection of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. The book also provides in-depth analysis of such recent events as the Ukrainian refugee crisis, violence against immigrants in South Africa, support for right-wing political parties in Germany, Australia’s use of offshore detention centers, and the Trump administration’s efforts to curb immigration.

The book also investigates the profound impact that climate change will have on patterns of human migration in the coming years. Taken together, the chapters offer candid and compelling coverage of a dynamic subject that impacts millions of people worldwide. For readers wishing to delve even deeper into this multifaceted and often contentious subject, a comprehensive list of recommended resources serves as a gateway to further exploration.


  • Examines the ongoing Ukrainian refugee crisis
  • Analyzes the causes and consequences of the 2015 European refugee crisis
  • Explores how the migration of skilled and highly educated migrants affects economic development in sending and receiving countries
  • Raises fundamental questions about why states accept unwanted migrants and whether international migration can be effectively controlled
  • Addresses the most pressing future problems, such as how up to a billion people will be forced to migrate as a result of the worst effects of climate change
Eliot Dickinson, PhD, is professor of politics, policy, and administration at Western Oregon University. He previously worked at the University of the Witwatersrand's Forced Migration Studies Program in South Africa and at Hope College in Michigan. His areas of expertise include comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. He is author of Copts in Michigan, which examines the Egyptian Christian immigrant community in the United States, and Globalization and Migration: A World in Motion. His publications include a number of articles and book chapters on German immigration policy, South African politics, and Austrian politics.
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