Magazine Articles | Migration | VOL. 10, ISSUE 58, January-February 2010 |

Understanding Migration

Migration is the crossing of a boundary in search of work and/or residence for a certain minimum period of time. It includes the movement of refugees, displaced persons, uprooted people as well as economic migrants. Internal migration refers relocation from one area (a province, district or municipality) to another within one country while international migration is a territorial relocation of people between nation states. Two forms of relocation can be excluded from this broad definition: first, a territorial movement which does not lead to any change in ties of social membership and therefore remains largely inconsequential both for the individual and for the society at the points of origin and destination, such as tourism; second, a relocation in which the individuals or the groups concerned are purely passive objects rather than active agents of the movement, such as organised transfer of refugees from states of origins to a safe haven....

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