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Race and migration

Migration A–Z

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  1. Tania Das Gupta

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm430

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Gupta, T. D. 2013. Race and migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

  • slavery;
  • imperialism;
  • capitalism;
  • labor supply