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The Work of strangers : a survey of international labour migration

Date

1994

Authors

Peter Stalker

Abstract

This book concentrates on the movement of people. Around 80 million people now live in foreign lands (not counting the former Soviet Union and ex-Yugoslavia). And their numbers are rising steadily. One million people emigrate permanently each year, while another million seek political asylum. Added to these are 18 million refugees, driven from their homelands by natural disaster or in the hunt for political asylum.
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The statistics may not be very precise, but recent trends in international migration have been causing increasing alarm in industrialized countries. The waves of asylum seekers from developing countries, and the potential flood of economic migrants from East to West have stirred up primitive fears. Xenophobia and racism are on the increase, and opportunist politicians have taken the opportunity to redirect popular discontent to immigrant communities.

Place published

Geneva

Publisher

ILO

Notes

Peter Stalker.

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis and Statistics on work and life conditions

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Researchers, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

International Organizations

Languages

English