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(n) the process or act of relocating; from one place to another  

 Related Forms:

(adj.) migrational
(n) nonmigration
(adj.) premigration
(n) remigration


Examples and/or Illustrations

The most commonly held misconception about migration is that a situation of low economic, social and political development – in other words, the absence of development, leads to increased migration. Castles (2008) argues this: 1) that it wrongly upholds the assumption that if the ‘root causes’ of migration were addressed, international migration would reduce; 2) that it creates a false dichotomy between development and migration to have them appear as mutually exclusive.


Other Useful Sources

Castles, Stephens and Miller, James. (2009) “The age of migration: international population movements in the modern world” The Guilford Press.

Faist, Thomas. (2000) “The volume and dynamics of international migration and transnational social spaces” Oxford University Press and Clarendon Press.



Castles, Stephen (2008) “Development and Migration – Migration and Development: What comes first?’ SSRC Migration & Development Conference Paper No.2. http://www.imi.ox.ac.uk/pdfs/S%20Castles%20Mig%20and%20Dev%20for%20SSRC%20April%2008.pdf

migration. Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/migration (accessed: March 11, 2012).

Other related words (may be concepts)

  • Movement; (im)mobility
  • Borders