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Global trade and international migration

Migration A–Z


  1. Jacques Poot

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm255

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Poot, J. 2013. Global trade and international migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Migration and trade have been interconnected since the dawn of humanity. In order to conduct trade, traders needed to travel; and some traders settled in foreign lands. Moreover, the colonialization of acquired territories necessitated sufficient labor to develop the colonies and often led to willing, or forced, migration which then triggered an exchange of resources and commodities between colonies and the “homelands.” Since the 19th century, migration and trade have been closely-linked features of global economic integration. Much has already been written about similarities and dissimilarities between globalization in the late 19th and 20th centuries with respect to trade and migration (see, e.g., Williamson 1996). This essay focuses therefore on the situation over the last forty years.


  • political economy;
  • development;
  • political economy;
  • International Law;
  • labor supply