This revised and expanded second edition of Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies provides a comprehensive basis for understanding the complexity and patterns of international migration. Despite increased efforts to limit its size and consequences, migration has wide-ranging impacts upon social, environmental, economic, political and cultural life in countries of origin and settlement. Such transformations impact not only those who are migrating, but those who are left behind, as well as those who live in the areas where migrants settle.

Featuring forty-six essays written by leading international and multidisciplinary scholars, this new edition showcases evolving research and theorizing around refugees and forced migrants, new migration paths through Central Asia and the Middle East, the condition of statelessness and South to South migration. New chapters also address immigrant labor and entrepreneurship, skilled migration, ethnic succession, contract labor and informal economies. Uniquely among texts in the subject area, the Handbook provides a six-chapter compendium of methodologies for studying international migration and its impacts.

Written in a clear and direct style, this Handbook offers a contemporary integrated resource for students and scholars from the perspectives of social science, humanities, journalism and other disciplines.

part I|78 pages

Theories and histories of international migration

chapter 1|16 pages

Economic perspectives on migration

ByPeter Karpestam, Fredrik N.G. Andersson

chapter 2|13 pages

Psychological acculturation

Perspectives, principles, processes, and prospects
ByMarc H. Bornstein, Judith K. Bernhard, Robert H. Bradley, Xinyin Chen, Jo Ann M. Farver, Steven J. Gold, Donald J. Hernandez, Christiane Spiel, Fons van de Vijver, Hirokazu Yoshikawa

chapter 3|13 pages

European migration history

ByLeo Lucassen, Jan Lucassen

chapter 4|11 pages

Migration history in the Americas

ByDonna R. Gabaccia

chapter 5|12 pages

Asian migration in the longue durée

ByAdam McKeown

chapter 6|11 pages

A brief history of African migration

ByDavid Newman Glovsky

part II|53 pages

Displacement, refugees and forced migration

chapter 7|9 pages

Forced migrants

Exclusion, incorporation and a moral economy of deservingness
ByCharles Watters

chapter 8|9 pages

Refugees and geopolitical conflicts

ByDavid Haines

chapter 9|8 pages

Country of first asylum

ByBreanne Grace

chapter 10|12 pages

Displacement, refugees, and forced migration in the MENA region

The case of Syria
BySeçil Paçacı Elitok, Christiane Fröhlich

chapter 11|13 pages

Climate change and human migration

Constructed vulnerability, uneven flows, and the challenges of studying environmental migration in the 21st century
ByDaniel B. Ahlquist, Leo A. Baldiga

part III|66 pages

Migrants in the economy

chapter 12|16 pages

Unions and immigrants

ByHéctor L. Delgado

chapter 13|11 pages

Immigrant and ethnic entrepreneurship

ByAli R. Chaudhary

chapter 14|14 pages

High-skilled migration

ByMetka Hercog

chapter 15|10 pages

Immigration and the informal economy

ByRebeca Raijman

chapter 16|11 pages

Vulnerability to exploitation and human trafficking

A multi-scale review of risk
ByAmanda Flaim, Celine Villongco

part IV|59 pages

Intersecting inequalities in the lives of migrants

chapter 17|11 pages

The changing configuration of migration and race

ByMiri Song

chapter 18|13 pages


A global-historical perspective
ByMaritsa V. Poros

chapter 19|10 pages

Gender and migration

Uneven integration
ByStephanie J. Nawyn

chapter 20|11 pages

Sexualities and international migration

ByEithne Luibhéid

chapter 21|12 pages

Migrants and indigeneity

Nationalism, nativism and the politics of place
ByNandita Sharma

part V|63 pages

Creating and recreating community and group identity

chapter 22|11 pages


ByYến Lê Espiritu

chapter 23|10 pages

Understanding ethnicity from a community perspective

ByMin Zhou

chapter 24|12 pages

Religion on the move

The place of religion in different stages of the migration experience
ByJacqueline Maria Hagan, Holly Straut-Eppsteiner

chapter 25|12 pages

Condemned to a protracted limbo?

Refugees and statelessness in the age of terrorism
ByCawo M. Abdi, Erika Busse

chapter 26|16 pages

Reclaiming the black and Asian journeys

A comparative perspective on culture, class, and immigration
ByPatricia Fernández-Kelly

part VI|41 pages

Migrants and social reproduction

chapter 27|14 pages

Immigrant and refugee language policies, programs, and practices in an era of change

Promises, contradictions, and possibilities
ByGuofang Li, Pramod Kumar Sah

chapter 28|12 pages

Immigrant intermarriage

ByCharlie V. Morgan

chapter 29|13 pages

International adoption

ByAndrea Louie

part VII|118 pages

Migrants and the state

chapter 30|13 pages

Undocumented (or unauthorized) immigration

ByCecilia Menjívar

chapter 31|12 pages

Detention and deportation

ByCaitlin Patler, Kristina Shull, Katie Dingeman

chapter 32|22 pages

Naturalization and nationality

Community, nation-state and global explanations
ByThomas Janoski

chapter 33|15 pages

Asian migrations and the evolving notions of national community

ByYuk Wah Chan

chapter 34|15 pages

Immigration and education

ByRamona Fruja Amthor

chapter 35|13 pages

Emigration and the sending state

ByCristián Doña-Reveco, Brendan Mullan

chapter 36|13 pages

International migration and the welfare state

Connections and extensions
ByAaron Ponce

chapter 37|11 pages

Immigration and crime and the criminalization of immigration

ByRubén G. Rumbaut, Katie Dingeman, Anthony Robles

part VIII|53 pages

Maintaining links across borders

chapter 39|13 pages


ByThomas Faist, Başak Bilecen

chapter 40|11 pages

Survival or incorporation?

Immigrant (re)integration after deportation
ByKelly Birch Maginot

chapter 41|13 pages

Return migration

ByAudrey Kobayashi

part IX|69 pages

Methods for studying international migration

chapter 42|14 pages

Census analysis

ByKaren A. Woodrow-Lafield

chapter 43|12 pages

Binational migration surveys

Representativeness, standardization, and the ethnosurvey model
ByMariano Sana

chapter 44|17 pages

Interviewing immigrants and refugees

Reflexive engagement with research subjects
ByChien-Juh Gu

chapter 45|13 pages

Using photography in studies of international migration

BySteven J. Gold

chapter 46|11 pages

Comparative methodologies in the study of migration

ByIrene Bloemraad