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Migration A–Z


  1. Dirk Hoerder

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm546

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Hoerder, D. 2013. Transregionalism. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Regions are discrete economic-cultural spaces that influence people to depart their homes and contribute to the growth and expansion of extensive migration. Migration occurs in small, larger, or very large: micro-, meso-, and macro-regions. While state borders are fixed – though such entrenched international territories date from arbitrary points in historical time – the boundaries of regions can be established empirically and continuously change over time. Regions reflect economic characteristics – mining or agricultural regions; linguistic specifics – French, German, or Italian-language Swiss regions or, in India, the 14 major regional languages as well as hundreds of others; regional labor regimes – Russia's two different 19th-century kinds of serfdom for example; or wholly different economic systems within one state – as in the United States, the southeastern plantation and the northeastern-midwestern industrial and the western farming region; they may reflect distance to communication and markets – hinterlands versus nodes, peripheries versus cores. The frame of mind of migrants about their capabilities to enter jobs in specific economic sectors and labor markets is shaped by their regional socialization.


  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural;
  • ethnocentrism;
  • transnationalism;
  • globalization