Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World
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Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World

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It is one of the most pressing and controversial questions of our time -- vehemently debated, steeped in ideology, profoundly divisive. Who should be allowed to immigrate and who not? What are the arguments for and against limiting the numbers? We are supposedly a nation of immigrants, and yet our policies reflect deep anxieties and the quirks of short-term self-interest,...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kim Frey
I won this book on Goodreads! I learned significantly more about the social, political, and economic issues related to migration from reading this book than I did during four years of college--and I was a Global Studies and Political Science major! The author does an excellent job of explaining the likely outcomes of various policies for multiple segments of the population in both the home and host societies. I greatly appreciated the author's willingness to present and evaluate both liberal and...more
I won this book on Goodreads. Thank you!

The author seeks to be a voice of reason in a prickly and emotional discussion that affects all people, everywhere. I doubt that anyone believes that emotion has no place at the table, but good decisions demand thorough review of all aspects. Whether or not you agree with Professor Collier’s end position, I believe that you will find his arguments compelling.

I have greatly enjoyed this thought provoking book which was especially timely as I am currently t...more
I first became interested in this book when it was negatively reviewed by some articles like
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I found the book rather interesting. Colliers credentials before writing this book were largely politically correct so some of his conclusions arrived at in this book will appear all the more dangerous to some.

The book is written in an academic fashion citing, mainly recent, sources. However, one feels his conclusions are bas...more
A sociological study of immigration

Immigration from poverty-stricken south to the affluent north usually suggests that people migrate for better opportunities and better lives. This is partly true, but what are the consequences? Does it have cultural, racial and ethnic infiltration into the Western civilization or is it a brain drain for developing countries? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to the countries affected? Oxford University professor Paul Collier says that the current immigr...more
Very intriguing, though flawed, attempt to examine costs and benefits of migration for each of the actors involved-- host countries, origim countries, and migrants themselves, along with their families.

Collier correctly points out that much of the debate is mired by objections to nationalism or world inequality, which are not directly tied to immigration. For example, one can agree that people born in poor countries are just as morally entitled to a good life as those in rich countries, because...more
Michael Griswold
Paul Collier in his new book Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World gives the reader a fairly brief though often weighty look at the costs of migration from multiple angles and perspectives. He considers migration from the aspects of the social, economic, and political costs for both the country of origin and the receiving country. The end result is a series of conclusions that support neither the pro-immigration or anti-immigration camps.

Collier tries to sanitize the emotion that migration...more
What prejudiced, offensive drivel. Collier's thinly veiled xenophobia is insulting to the reader's intelligence. His insinuations about the inferiority of non-Western cultures, his wildly stereotypical observations about other cultures, and his gall in couching his arguments in an alleged concern for the well-being of LDCs, not to mention the nearly non-existent use of research to back his claims about the detrimental social and economic effects of more open immigration policies to Western count...more
It's certainly true that not all issues, raised in the book, are supported by strong evidence. Nevertheless, the questions (and possible solutions) raised are higly valuable and mostly well argumented.

It's about time that migration gets 'unstuck' from the debilatating non-debate between 'Left' and 'Right'. Paul Collier more than achieves this goal.
Katarina Nolte
This is a very important and timely books. It is written with a lot of tact, taking a sensitive and sensible approach. What is somewhat bothersome is that increasingly the conversation on the subject revolves around terms like rich countries, wealthy nations, developed nations as if all or most citizens of these so-called rich parts of the world are wealthy themselves. This, as we know, is not the case, unless the number of radios and televisions is an indicator of wealth, health and happiness....more
I really wanted to like this. It starts off really well, but there are so many unexamined assumptions propping up his argument. Also, some of those sentences? He really needed a syntax editor.
Sten Tamkivi
good, broad-based intro to the emotionally loaded topic of global migration. offers a structure for thinking about the drivers & control. balanced and well referenced for sources from both utilitarian economics & modern social sciences.
Karen Giden
Wonderful analysis, wrong conclusions... Worth reading until about 30 pages before the end, but the part that is worth reading, is really worth reading!
Jeffrey Cavanaugh
A very clear, concise examination of one of the major political and public-policy issues of our time.
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Paul Collier, CBE is a Professor of Economics, Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Antony's College. He is the author of The Plundered Planet; Wars, Guns, and Votes; and The Bottom Billion, winner of Estoril Distinguished Book Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize.

More about Paul Collier...
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places The Plundered Planet: Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy Understanding Civil War: Europe, Central Asia, and Other Regions: Evidence and Analysis

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