Ethnicity and Globalization by Stephen Castles

By Stephen Castles

"With its usually transparent exposition and a constitution that's logical or even dramatic, this illuminating publication merits broad use within the school room and beyond."
--CANADIAN evaluate OF experiences IN NATIONALISM, XXIX (2002)

This ebook, written by means of one of many prime professionals on migration, strains the expansion of worldwide migration considering 1945, exhibiting the way it has produced basic monetary, social and cultural alterations in such a lot elements of the realm.

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O n e s u c h measure w a s the free l a b o u r m o v e m e n t policy of the EEC, d e s i g n e d to increase t h e availability of the r u r a l p r o l e t a r i a t of Sicily a n d the M e z z o g i o r n o to Western E u r o p e a n capital. G e r m a n y a n d Switzerland liberalized the conditions for family e n t r y a n d long-term settlement, while at the s a m e time tightening political control t h r o u g h m e a s u r e s such as the G e r m a n 1965 Foreigners Law. France tried to increase control over entries, in o r d e r to p r e v e n t the large-scale clandestine i m m i g r a t i o n w h i c h h a d t a k e n place t h r o u g h o u t the 1950s a n d 1960s (and still d o e s , despite the n e w policy).

Accordingly, the focus of research again shifted, w i t h a flood of studies o n the conseq u e n c e s of p l u r a l i s m for G e r m a n society (for instance, Cohn-Bendit a n d Schmid 1993; H a b e r m a s 1996; Oberndörfer 1993). The so-called 'classical countries' of immigration h a v e g o n e t h r o u g h rather different evolutions in their social-scientific models. Immigration w a s seen as a n essential part of nation-building - to b e m a n a g e d b y the state in the cases of Australia, C a n a d a a n d N e w Zealand, a n d left to m a r k e t forces in the USA.

I m m i g r a n t s therefore h a v e higher t h a n average rates of economic activity, a n d m a k e contributions to health, u n e m p l o y m e n t a n d p e n s i o n insurance far in excess of their d e m a n d s on such s c h e m e s . Particularly h i g h rates of activity are to b e found a m o n g recently arrived g r o u p s , or a m o n g those w h o for social a n d cultural reasons tend n o t to bring d e p e n d a n t s w i t h t h e m : P o r t u g u e s e a n d N o r t h Africans in France, Turks in G e r m a n y a n d Pakistanis in Britain.

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