Historical Patterns, Actual Trends, and Social Implications
Author: Heinz Fassmann,Rainer Münz
Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub
Category: Social Science
The discussions of migration to Switzerland, Italy and Austria give this book a special flavour, since these countries are not often included in studies of foreign migration . . . One important contribution of this book is that the case studies show how migration, in spite of numerous differences, can give rise to similar issues. The historical approach brings the second contribution into perspective: continuity of debate and of policy reactions. Jan van Weesep, European Journal of Population On the whole, the volume has handbook-like qualities and will remain both a reference work and a summary of major issues for a long time. It will do so even if new developments should invalidate some of the well-reasoned analyses of trends. No scholar venturing beyond the limiting confines of mono-country research will be able to do without it. Dirk Hoerder, International Migration Review The chapters on East Europe do an excellent job of laying out what is known about population movements to and from the region, both in the past and since the upheaval in the Communist world in the late eighties. Gary P. Freeman, Journal of Public Policy The migration specialist will probably be most interested in the section on East-Central Europe, and find much of the content on western Europe fairly familiar. The more general reader, coming to the subject fresh, will value this book as a thorough entry into major trends, issues and debates, on both international and national scales. For both, it will provide access to useful statistical material and interpretations in a wide range of foreign languages. . . . a welcome addition to the literature in this important field. Political Geography . . . a good summary of the state of knowledge of aspects of recent migration trends in Europe. Dudley Baines, Population Studies Migration in Europe is a pressing social and political issue for the policy makers of the 1990s. Drawing upon a wide body of knowledge, expertise and analysis, European Migration in the Late Twentieth Century combines an important survey with a series of detailed country studies on migration in Europe. The authoritative overview essay by the editors examines migration to and within Europe. They compare the flows during the last forty years with the present situation, detailing both the magnitude and geography of migration over this period. This is followed by thirteen individual country studies each of which features an historical introduction to emigration and immigration in the featured country, quantitative data sets and a detailed assessment of the social and political implications. These studies specially prepared by leading scholars cover the United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia and the former USSR. This comprehensive and scholarly book will be welcomed by teachers and researchers of social sciences and history for presenting new insights on one of the key political, social and economic issues facing modern Europe.