Special Issue "On the Move: Human Migration Past, Present and Future"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2014)
Prof. Dr. Madine VanderPlaat
Human beings have been on the move for an estimated 80,000 years when homo sapiens first began migrating from their homes in Africa. Over the centuries the history of the social world has been profoundly shaped by humanity's ebb and flow throughout the four corners of the earth. Sometimes on a voluntary basis, sometimes forced, mass migration has been propelled by natural disasters, persecution, war, and poverty; colonization and exploitation; political and religious oppression and the longing for a healthier, wealthier and safer life. In 2013 there were 232 million international migrants (3.2% of the world’s population), more men, women and children “on the move” then at any other time in history. This special issue provides a critical look at how mass migrations have affected the past and present of both sending and receiving countries as well as the how advancements in transportation and communications technology will affect patterns of transnational population movements in the future. Contributors also call our attention to the gendered and familial nature of the migration experience.
Prof. Dr. Madine VanderPlaat
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- migration patterns