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European imperialism and migration to Asia

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  1. Ulbe Bosma

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm209

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Bosma, U. 2013. European imperialism and migration to Asia. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Military veterans contributed to the rapid growth of some European colonial settlements decades before substantial European civilian migration. This was the case in Asia as well as in the New World and parts of Africa. The emergence of civilian colonial migration circuits became part of European colonial expansion only in its later phase. In Asia, for example, the early 20th century was the heyday of the colonial migration circuit, when colonial economies and administrations required the skills of many thousands of Europeans. A substantial number of these Europeans were, however, the children or grandchildren of other Europeans who had made the journey to the East in previous generations. This circuit was as much a product of Asian-born as of metropolitan Europeans. This essay focuses on a comparison of the migration circuits connecting Great Britain and the Netherlands with Asia.

Keywords:

  • empire;
  • imperialism;
  • colonialism;
  • ethnocentrism;
  • violence