The Age of Migration

Fifth Edition
International Population Movements in the Modern World

Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas, and Mark J. Miller

A Paperback Original
A Paperback Original
December 17, 2013
ISBN 9781462513116
Price: $53.00 $45.05
401 Pages
Size: 6⅛" x 9¼"
Professors: Free copies available for adoption consideration

The leading text in the field, this authoritative work offers a global perspective on the nature of migration flows, why they occur, and their consequences for both origin and destination societies. Chapters provide up-to-date descriptions and comparative analyses of major migration regions in the North and South. The role of population movements in the formation of ethnic minority groups is examined, as is the impact of growing ethnic diversity on economies, cultures, and political institutions. Useful pedagogical features include accessible boxed examples, tables, maps, and suggestions for further reading. The companion website features an online-only chapter, additional case studies, links to relevant resources, and migration photos.

New to This Edition

“The strengths of previous editions…have been noted by reviewers and readers over the last decade and a half: a text which is authoritative yet eminently readable; a wide span of case studies from the main theatres of immigration around the world; an appropriate sense of history; useful maps...instructive tables and textboxes; an extensive bibliography, and a thorough index. The way the text is written—with a lack of jargon and with key concepts carefully explained—makes it suitable for lay readers and especially valuable for undergraduates, but its wide range and authoritative voice make it equally useful as a primer for graduate students and ready reference for academics and migration experts.”

Ethnic and Racial Studies (on the fourth edition)

“A synthetic, widely ranging, and accessible account of international migration, which goes beyond the where, when, and why to speak to the complex ways in which migration changes society....The real contribution of this book is...its linking of migration and social change in a historic and constructive way.”

Annals of the Association of American Geographers (on the first edition)

“A lively volume that nicely weaves together the literatures on international migration and ethnic relations….This is an informative, stimulating overview of international migration and links with critical issues surrounding the emergence of multicultural societies. The book will appeal to a wide audience. It is written in a highly readable, fluid style….It is multidisciplinary in nature and could be used in a variety of instructional settings ranging from undergraduate courses to graduate seminars.”

Growth and Change (on the first edition)

“This book has become the go-to reference for anyone interested in international migration, offering a comprehensive assessment of theories, data, patterns, and processes of immigration around the world. The fifth edition offers a fresh look at developments in the first decade of the 21st century. It belongs on the bookshelf of any serious student of immigration today.”

—Douglas S. Massey, PhD, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

  "The Age of Migration has been the main textbook for migration studies since it first appeared in 1993; I have relied on it both as a resource for my own research and a text for my upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses on the politics of immigration. The fifth edition continues the excellent coverage of migration theories and history, the politics of immigration, and issues such as race and ethnicity, while bringing in new material on topics like the impact of climate change. The authors are to be commended for addressing critical issues in a time of global change.”

—Terri E. Givens, PhD, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin

“In today's world on the move, it's hard to keep up with all that is changing. The Age of Migration, Fifth Edition, once again offers a comprehensive, creative roadmap to the migration field. The authors' historical perspective, regional focus, and policy-oriented approach make this an invaluable resource for beginning and advanced scholars alike.”

—Peggy Levitt, PhD, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College

“As international human mobility expands as a social force worldwide, The Age of Migration remains the only authoritative text on significant social, political, economic, and cultural trends in the field. The fifth edition is vital to understanding the rapidly transforming processes of international migration. More than ever, this book is de rigueur for introductory and advanced courses.”

—Immanuel Ness, PhD, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Every edition of this by-now classic text on migration adds information on specific flows and gives us a more global perspective. I have used each of the prior editions in my teaching, and find this to be the most encompassing, useful, and well-conceptualized of all books with such broad coverage.”

—Saskia Sassen, PhD, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University; author of Territory, Authority, Rights

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition

1. Introduction

2. Theories of Migration

3. How Migration Transforms Societies

4. International Migration before 1945

5. Migration in Europe since 1945

6. Migration in the Americas

7. Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region

8. Migration in Africa and the Middle East

9. Migration, Security and the Debate on Climate Change

10. The State and International Migration: The Quest for Control

11. Migrants and Minorities in the Labour Force

12. New Ethnic Minorities and Society

13. Immigrants and Politics

14. Conclusion: Migration in the Twenty-First Century

About the Authors

Stephen Castles, DPhil, is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Sydney. He was previously Director of the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford. His books and articles have been translated into many languages and have been highly influential in the development of international migration studies.

Hein de Haas, PhD, is Co-Director of the International Migration Institute, University Lecturer in Migration Studies, and James Martin Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is also Professor of Migration and Development at Maastricht University.

Mark J. Miller, PhD, is the Emma Smith Morris Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He served on the editorial board of the International Migration Review from 1982 to 2013. Dr. Miller is the author or coauthor of six books and over 100 articles, book chapters, monographs and reviews, including several in French and German. He conducts research and consults widely on comparative immigration and refugee policies, global migration, and migration and security. He is a recipient of the Francis X. Alison award, the highest honor extended to faculty by the University of Delaware.


Instructors and students in geography, sociology, and political science; professionals interested in migration-related policy.

Course Use

Widely adopted as an undergraduate and graduate-level text.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Fourth Edition, © 2009
ISBN: 9781606230695

Third Edition, © 2003
ISBN: 9781572309005

Second Edition, © 1998
ISBN: 9781572303829

First Edition, © 1994
ISBN: 9780898622485
New to this edition: