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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces$
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Thomas Faist

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293910.001.0001

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Lacunae of Migration and Post-Migration Research

Lacunae of Migration and Post-Migration Research

(p.1) 1 Lacunae of Migration and Post-Migration Research
The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces

Thomas Faist

Oxford University Press

There is a baffling puzzle in international migration: why are there so many few migrants from so many places and so many from only a few places? On the one hand, there is relative immobility — only a very small percentage of potential migrants are moving abroad. Most persons migrate domestically, and an even greater share never move considerable distances for extended periods of time at all. And, on the other hand, we can undeniably speak of international chain migration. Once migration processes have started, more and more people move. With these types of cases, a process of chain reaction unfolds which sometimes leads to mass migration, involving a large part of the population in specific regions of an emigration country.

Keywords:   international migration, migrants, immobility, mass migration, international chain migration, domestic migration, emigration country, population

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