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Migration A–Z


  1. Xiangming Chen

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm071

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Chen, X. 2013. Borderlands. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Borderlands and migration are invariably interlinked and mutually reinforcing. Borderlands are connected geographic spaces around politically drawn boundaries or historically and ethnically linked frontiers that facilitate and sustain human migration. Migration refers to human mobility across spaces and borders of different kinds, both within and across national countries, while it varies with and between opportunities and obstacles presented by different borders and borderlands. This essay provides an overview of borderlands as both the crucial spaces where migration occurs and as an important shaper of migration, past and present. To understand the formation of borderlands, we recognize fully the importance of world history, and processes that have occurred independent of the influence of Europe. Historian Patrick Manning recognizes the compelling necessity of drawing from geographic regions throughout the world in understanding migration and the construction of borderlands (Manning 2012).


  • borders;
  • ethnic conflict;
  • employment and unemployment;
  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural demography and population studies;
  • regional development;
  • geopolitics