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How Migration Really Works

A Factful Guide to the Most Divisive Issue in Politics

Hein de Haas



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20 February 2024
An authoritative and myth-busting analysis that tells us why we're wrong about migration

Global migration is not at an all-time high. The climate emergency will not lead to mass migration. Border restrictions have actually produced more migration. These statements might sound counterintuitive, or just outright wrong - but the facts behind the headlines reveal a different story to the ones we're often told. In this ground-breaking book, based on over three decades of research, migration expert Professor Hein de Haas destroys the myths that politicians, interest groups and media regularly spread about immigration.

Comparing trends and perspectives from Western 'destination countries' (UK, US and Europe) as well as 'origin countries' in Asia, Africa and Latin America, de Haas shows migration not as a problem to be solved, nor as a solution to a problem, but as it really is. How Migration Really Works will offer an essential new vision of migration based on facts rather than fears, and a paradigm-altering understanding of this perennially important subject.

Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   555g
ISBN:   9780241632215
ISBN 10:   0241632218
Pages:   464
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hein de Haas is a sociologist and geographer who has conducted extensive research on migration issues for over the past three decades. Between 2006 and 2015, he was founding member and co-director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. He is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) from where he continues to direct IMI. He is also Professor of Migration and Development at the University of Maastricht. He lives in Amsterdam.

Reviews for How Migration Really Works: A Factful Guide to the Most Divisive Issue in Politics

A careful, balanced, and convincing take on one of the most divisive issues of our age. Backed by masses of data, Hein de Haas challenges much of what we think is obvious about migration, systematically busting myths and exposing propaganda from all across the political spectrum -- Ian Morris * author of Why The West Rules – For Now * A book that will force Left and Right alike to reconsider old assumptions . . . [De Haas's] insights hold the key to effective migration policy . . . An important book, which should become a standard textbook for anyone seeking to have a real impact on migration -- Baroness Arminka Helic * The Telegraph * A powerful debunking of myths about global migration, and an indictment of the political dishonesty that generates them . . . a clear and rigorous corrective that aims to give the general reader the tools for a more informed debate in future -- Daniel Trilling * Guardian * Prepare to have your mind changed . . . de Haas shows that everything we think we know about migration is wrong. How Migration Really Works is a carefully evidenced critique . . . I am rereading this book (something crabbed reviewers never normally do) -- Simon Ings * New Scientist * Immigration has been a leading political issue for decades. Yet the debate has been a triumph of feelings over facts. This brilliant book sheds light on a topic that will only become more relevant in the years ahead -- Aaron Bastani We need much more rigorous scholarship and level-headed analysis of global migration trends -- and this exhaustive new book by Hein de Haas is a great place to start. At this urgent moment in Western political tensions over migration, he provides remarkable clarity and guidance on how to better navigate the pressing social and economic challenges ahead -- Dr. Parag Khanna * author of MOVE: Where People are Going for a Better Future * What if the central assumptions of the migration debate were plainly false? Hein de Haas challenges common myths about migration, defying orthodoxy on all sides of the debate, and bringing measured and thoughtful analysis to a vitriolic and polarized issue. How Migration Really Works is a necessary read for anyone interested in migration -- Yascha Mounk, author of The Identity Trap Packed with information, How Migration Really Works is destined to become a major reference work in the field of migration studies. In a combative style, de Haas takes on the many myths about migration promoted by multiple actors, including international organizations and governments. It is a book worth arguing with -- Alejandro Portes, author of Emerging Global Cities A convincing argument that most of what we believe about immigration is wrong . . . A vital, page-turning education * Kirkus Reviews, starred review *

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