Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present, Volume 1

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - 1095 pages

A comprehensive and timely examination of the history and current status of immigrants and refugees--their stories, the events that led to their movement, and the place of these movements in contemporary history and politics.


Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present is an accessible and up-to-date introduction to the key concepts, terms, personalities, and real-world issues associated with the surge of immigration from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. It focuses on the United States, but is also the first encyclopedic work on the subject that reflects a truly global perspective.

With contributions from the world's foremost authorities on the subject, Immigration and Asylum offers nearly 200 entries organized around four themes: immigration and asylum; the major migrating groups around the world; expulsions and other forced population movements; and the politics of migration. In addition to basic entries, the work includes in-depth essays on important trends, events, and current conditions. There is no better resource for exploring just how profoundly the voluntary and forced movement of asylum seekers and refugees has transformed the world--and what that transformation means to us today.


  • Nearly 200 A-Z entries on immigration and asylum around the world
  • 150+ contributors, including leading immigration scholars from around the globe such as Nathan Glazer, Saskia Sassen, Ari Zolberg, James Hollifield, Desmond King, and Stephen Castles
  • A separate volume of primary source documents, including legislation, treaties, speeches, and United Nations documents
  • A chronology of major movements of migrants and asylum seekers

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At a time when anti-immigration sentiment seems to be the norm not just across this country but in many other Western nations, it is easy to forget that immigrants - asylum seekers in particular ... Read full review

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Matthew J. Gibney, PhD, is Elizabeth Colson Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford and Official Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, England.

Randall Hansen, PhD, is fellow and tutor in politics at Merton College, University of Oxford, and lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, Oxford, England.

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