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)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Madine VanderPlaat
Department of Sociology and Criminology, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3, Canada
Website: http://www.smu.ca/academic/arts/sociology/windows/vanderplaat.html
E-Mail: madine.vanderplaat@smu.ca
Phone: +1 902 496 8289
Fax: +1 902 420 5121
Interests: health and well-being of vulnerable populations; emancipatory politics, citizen participation and community capacity building; collaborative research and policy development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor


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  • migration patterns
  • transnationalism
  • gender
  • children
  • families

Published Papers (6 papers)

Societies 2012, 2(1), 1-13; doi:10.3390/soc2010001
Received: 12 February 2012; in revised form: 22 February 2012 / Accepted: 28 February 2012 / Published: 5 March 2012
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Societies 2012, 2(2), 27-41; doi:10.3390/soc2020027
Received: 15 December 2011; in revised form: 10 April 2012 / Accepted: 12 April 2012 / Published: 17 April 2012
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Societies 2012, 2(2), 42-62; doi:10.3390/soc2020042
Received: 2 March 2012; in revised form: 16 June 2012 / Accepted: 18 June 2012 / Published: 19 June 2012
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Societies 2012, 2(3), 63-74; doi:10.3390/soc2030063
Received: 21 June 2012; in revised form: 2 July 2012 / Accepted: 3 July 2012 / Published: 5 July 2012
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Societies 2012, 2(3), 122-138; doi:10.3390/soc2030122
Received: 21 June 2012; in revised form: 22 August 2012 / Accepted: 27 August 2012 / Published: 12 September 2012
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Societies 2013, 3(1), 80-103; doi:10.3390/soc3010080
Received: 10 December 2012; in revised form: 18 January 2013 / Accepted: 23 January 2013 / Published: 25 January 2013
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Last update: 13 February 2014

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