Race and migration
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Gupta, T. D. 2013. Race and migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
The right to move is a basic human right recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN 1948). As people have interacted, they have developed ideas about themselves and others, noting differences in actual or imaginary physical appearance and habits. Common attributes noted as markers of difference are skin color, language, and religion. This essay discusses the emergence of racial ideologies associated with migrants in societies based in Western Europe, including Canada, Australia, and the US (henceforth referred to as the “West”). Non-Europeans also have ideas about their others (Miles 1989; Bhatt 2000); however, those are not the focus here.
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