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Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  612 ratings  ·  81 reviews
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 2013)
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Cebotari Mihai Definitely a balanced research on international migration. Easy to read and helping to understand how migration works.…moreDefinitely a balanced research on international migration. Easy to read and helping to understand how migration works. (less)

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Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Food for thought. Especially with the current state of affairs.

Highly recommended to those who want to be more informed in times of increasing migration and to those who, like myself, left their country of origin behind. It is important to know what consequences such a decision may have in the bigger picture.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Michael Kay-cee
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: immigration
A non-biased sensitive approach to the question of Immigration without avoiding any of the hard issues. I found his discussions on the positive and negative effects on the developing world of immigration particularly enlightening.
Gary Knapton
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What could be more topical ? I bought this book way before the migrant crisis in the EU exploded onto the news channels. I saw the author interviewed, possibly on Newsnight, in 2014. I eyed the book as a hardback and then paperback at Christmas in a bookstore in Leeds. I finally plumped for the eBook on iBooks - consuming it on a combination of my phone and my desktop computer.

Paul stays clear of any emotion and partisan stance whilst he considers the effects of migration of the three groups
Kim Frey
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is basically an attempt by a liberal to support, recast in dense academic verbiage, positions that have been historically self-evident to conservatives, by citing research and justifications that appeal to progressive sympathies. Thus it will produce cognitive dissonance in people from both camps.

His thesis is that given open borders, migration from poor countries will continue until the poor countries are largely empty and the rich countries are destabilized. The larger the diaspora
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won-on-goodreads
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
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking, sometimes controversial, but always relying on actual data. A forceful contribution to a necessary debate
R. Hyunjung
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Opened up a lot of persepectives for me confronting the seemingly "un-unravelable" problem of immigration.
Quite an interesting read. Kind of reinforces the idea that you might be better off reading books than reading the news if you want to understand world events.

Much of Exodus builds on a diaspora absorption model: the diaspora are the people from a given that have not yet been fully absorbed into the mainstream. The observation is that a bigger diaspora makes it easier to migrate (you have a network). This model has two opposing forces (some Bret Victor style insta-feedback visualisation would
Don Mario
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I suppose it's not just my personal problem. But when I tried to consider the issue of migration I very soon realized I had very little real information to ponder on. And here is a book that offers the best up to date results of socio-economic research on the subject. And very well presented, though a bit too technical at times.

I think everyone should spend a moment on this book, at least for a quick look at the final chapter, where the author summarizes all previous issues and proposes what he
Scott Goddard
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collier only concerns himself with impartiality, excluding the visceral and emotional arguments characteristic of the mainstream media today. He presents a well argued, incisive exposition of the pros and cons of immigration. In particular, he hones in on what is known as the "social model", constituted by a nation's norms, practices, and values, inter alia. Often the continual exoduses of immigration can problematise and indeed compromise a country's hitherto passive and indifferent acceptance ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, kindle
A refreshingly objective overview of current research in the subject of migration. This is a subject that's far too often clouded by opinions and feelings, but Collier summarizes the available research. It is of course impossible not to be influenced by one's opinions, but the author does a good job of separating the two.

He looks into the three main stakeholders in the migration process, the source country, the destination country, and the migrants themselves. (Conspicuously there is no
Feb 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aid
Two words: rambling assertions. Pseudo-scientific models sprinkled here and there, including some mistakes, and more assertions. The only red thread recognizable to me was, in the author's words, a willingness to anger everyone equally (though the arguments felt much more targeted at angering Collier readers in particular, and calculated to create some buzz which should help sales figures). Not intellectually stimulating, and not even an interesting basis for discussions, as "Bottom Billion" ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
An academic analysis of the benefits and burdens of immigration from the point of view of the sending and receiving countries and the would-be migrant. Clearly and concisely written and illuminating. Demonstrates that whatever one's views, the failure of UK politicians to grapple with the issues will work out badly.
Yago de Artaza Paramo
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics-history
"The rate at which migrants and native populations merge depends on the size of the cultural
gaps that separate them."
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2015, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel stated: "Wir schaffen das". More than 1m immigrants fled into Germany only that year. The country faced terrorism and sexual violence related to these asylum seekers. Can we indeed cope with unlimited immigration as Mrs Merkel claims?

Let's first start with some history: about 70% of the current British population has DNA that dates back from 4000 BC. Only the last few decades we have seen massive flows of immigrants in Europe. Mr Collier aims to
Sergey Ivanov
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book to answer the initial question: when my parents migrated to the US, how was the soviet union affected? Any migration of skilled labor is inevitably a loss to the country that invested into the training, but that country may be so dysfunctional that actually being productive is itself prohibitively expensive, covered in red-tape or even stigmatized (sort of like my last job)!

Well luckily, such a migration can be considered a net-gain from the productivity of the world,
Tammam Aloudat
Collier urges us to look at economics rather than politics and ethics when we think about migration. Rather than deciding on our position on the issue and then think of the consequences, we should look at the evidence to the causes and effects of migration on the host communities, the migrants themselves, and the people left behind before we contemplate our support or opposition to certain policy positions.

In doing so, he takes us through the available evidence from economics, social sciences,
Jose Sbuck
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book works as an introduction to an important topic. The framework for thinking about immigration is useful, or at least much better than no framework at all. Actually, Collier claims that immigration needs to be managed proactively but that now immigration policy is reactive at best. He draws an analogy from climate change: also immigration has long term effects, is a heated topic, and there are too few definitive answers to the open issues. But climate change is measured precisely and ...more
Laurent Franckx
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Few issues are more topical than mass migration; it is also difficult to find topics that are more controversial and more likely to elicit strong opinions.
In the beginning of this very important book, Paul Collier points to the findings of Jonathan Haidt that people's reasoning is more determined by their moral values than the other way round, and that this is especially true in the case of migration. It is thus very brave to undertake a rational analysis of a phenomenon where most opinions are
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having had my training in migration in Japan, I find the Europe-centered examples in this book a fascinating comparison and the theoretical models quite useful. There are persistent questions to ask when we look at migration, questions that are rehearsed over and over in the media, in political campaigns and in academia. Essentially, does migration HELP? Recent discussions in Japan hinge upon the notion that migration is a viable option to solve demographic issues and shortage of labor, despite ...more
An amazing analysis from a leading thinker and economist. Paul Collier writes a thought provoking and polarizing thesis on migration covering its motivation, impact on home and host countries and communities and propose a way forward. The analysis is done in a systematic and objective fashion, with relevant references and data sources to support the argumentation. In essence, Paul Collier is applying the scientific method to the concept of migration and the result is probably a book that should ...more
Nick Aurelius
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Poor assertions vaguely supported by selective use of evidence. Basiaclly saying that immigration is a positive sum game economically however we need to be careful about the potential erosion of trust in host countries and also that impact on people left behind and their opportunity to modernize.
Some good evaluation. Really could have looked at case studies of both countries that have had large immigration eg Australian and Canada etc and compared them to homogeneous countries.

Especially as
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in migration
Shelves: economics
In "Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World", Oxford professor Paul Collier of "The Bottom Billion" fame sets out to "generate a unified analysis of a wide array of disparate specialist research, across social science and moral philosophy", on the topic of migration. Importantly, Collier isn't interested in the question whether past migration from low- to high-income countries has been good for the latter but rather in how future migration will likely affect migrants, the countries of origin ...more
Claire Ryberg
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Wasn't able to finish it, but I think I got as far as I would like to.
Oct 14, 2019 added it
Shelves: nonfic
DNF 60%
Maybe another time.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
There was some interesting info, some borderline racist statements and a LOT of the language of the economy, which I really did not care for.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Presents new insights but repetitive at times.
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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.

“CONTRARY TO THE PREJUDICES OF XENOPHOBES, the evidence does not suggest that migration to date has had significantly adverse effects on the indigenous populations of host societies. Contrary to self-perceived “progressives,” the evidence does suggest that without effective controls migration would rapidly accelerate to the point at which additional migration would have adverse effects, both on the indigenous populations of host societies and on those left behind in the poorest countries.” 0 likes
“Very recently, economists have gained a better understanding of the structure of taboos. Their purpose is to protect a sense of identity by shielding people from evidence that might challenge it.2 Taboos save you from the need to cover your ears by constraining what is said.” 0 likes
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