Drily demolishing the xenophobic assumptions behind the desire to maintain a “fortress Europe” that will not be “swamped” by aliens, and the pernicious conflation of voluntary migration with criminal people-smuggling, Guy Arnold conducts us on an impressively orchestrated tour of population movements all over the world: from former Soviet states to today’s Russia, between countries in south-east Asia and Africa, to and from North America, and (increasingly) from China to Africa. (The scale of internal migration within China itself – mainly from countryside to city – dwarfs all other movements between countries.)
The style can be a bit imprecise and repetitive, but the accumulation of facts and statistics has its own irresistible rhetorical force.
Migration: Changing the World
Pluto Press, 2011
– By Steven Poole
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