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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces$
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Thomas Faist

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293910.001.0001

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A Review of Dominant Theories of International Migration

A Review of Dominant Theories of International Migration

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(p.30) 2 A Review of Dominant Theories of International Migration
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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces
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Thomas Faist

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293910.003.0002

The greater part of the research on international migration has dealt with the question of why people migrate and, to a lesser extent, the dynamics of migration, such as chain migration in migrant networks. This chapter appraises both micro- and macro-level theories about the volume of international South-North movement. In addition, it considers network of meso-level theories concerning the dynamics of migration. The goal of this chapter is to disclose the unsatisfactory features of existing migration theories regarding the puzzles of relative immobility and mass migration. The analysis is divided into three parts. It first elaborates a familiar and ideal-typical distinction. Second, the literature review moves from micro to macro and macro to micro. The third section helps to identify the theoretical gap in the meso-analysis.

Keywords:   international migration, migration theories, migration dynamics, relative immobility, migrant networks, mass migration, chain migration, theoretical gap

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