Summary of Exodus

How Migration Is Changing Our World

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Understand migration: the good, the bad and the ugly.


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On the face of it, migration is not complex – poor people move to more prosperous countries, war-torn people flee – but it generates multifaceted effects. Governments struggle to establish policies that are fair to immigrants and indigenous populations. Economics professor Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion, considers the economic, social and political ramifications of migration. He examines migration from three standpoints: how it affects migrants, the lands where they relocate and the countries they leave behind. Though he provides an informative, thought-provoking backgrounder on some pressing immigration issues, Collier didn’t experience everything you’ll know when you read this summary, and he’s writing from a slightly academic perspective. Still, getAbstract recommends his insights to anyone trying to get a handle on some of the factors that shape this critically relevant subject.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How migration affects social, political and economic conditions;
  • What the positives and negatives of migration are; and
  • What challenges countries face in developing effective migration policies.


A Complicated Issue
Few issues are as complex and controversial as migration. While the public seems to applaud refugees for fleeing oppressive poverty in their native lands, it simultaneously criticizes them for abandoning those left behind and it debates refugees’ potential impact on...
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About the Author

Economics and public policy professor Paul Collier also wrote The Plundered Planet and The Bottom Billion.

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