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Hague Programme on migration

Migration A–Z


  1. Ali Afani

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm264

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Afani, A. 2013. Hague Programme on migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


When people emigrate from less prosperous countries to more affluent regions, their decisions are most often founded on the need to overcome abject poverty and improve their economic standing. Human migration – the act of relocating from one's place of origin to a new destination with the view of temporary or permanent settlement – is no new phenomenon; it has been an integral part of the human experience from time immemorial. Countries of the world enjoy varied degrees of wealth, resources – natural or otherwise – as well as different levels of technological, scientific, and economic development. From such activities grow new family roots, and old ones, which have for generations nourished and sustained family trees, become loose, or are sometimes even completely uprooted. Immigration, while morally and economically sound, does not unfold without posing a significant number of challenges to nations that play host to the new immigrants.


  • citizenship;
  • regional development;
  • sustainable development;
  • borders;
  • cross-cultural;
  • criminal justice;
  • community