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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces

Thomas Faist


This book provides a theoretical account of the causes, nature, and extent of the movement of international South-North migrants between affluent and poorer countries. The puzzle is: why are there so few international migrants out of most places? And why are there so many out of so few places? Only once migration out of a few places has started do we see relatively more people moving. Mass mobility proceeds only when migrant networks turn local assets into transnational ones. The book also examines the reasons why many immigrants continue to keep ties to their places of origin, and why these t ... More

Keywords: transnational civil societies, migration, mass mobility, local assets, immigrants, transnational social spaces, transnational assets, dual citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198293910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Faist, author
University of Bremen