The Age of Migration

Sixth Edition
International Population Movements in the Modern World

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

A Paperback Original
A Paperback Original
January 16, 2020
ISBN 9781462542895
Price: $47.00
443 Pages
Size: 6⅗" x 9½"
Professors: Free copies available for adoption consideration

Migration is a central dynamic in globalization that is recasting contemporary states and societies in distinctive, powerful ways. Now with more balanced coverage of Western and non-Western regions, this leading text has been revised and updated with the latest theories, policy information, and interdisciplinary research. The book explores the causes, dynamics, and consequences of international population movements, as well as the experiences of migrants themselves. Chapters examine migration trends and patterns in all major world regions, how migration transforms both destination and origin societies, and the effects of migration and increasing ethnic diversity on national identity and politics. Useful pedagogical features include boxed case studies; extensive tables, graphs, and maps; end-of-chapter Guides to Further Reading; and a companion website ( with additional case studies, interactive flashcards, and other resources for students and instructors.

New to This Edition

“This latest [sixth] edition of The Age of Migration, covering the theories, policies, and politics that surround migration, is perhaps the single best set of analyses available in one volume. The amount of data summarized in charts, graphs, and figures that describe migration in all of its forms, particularly economic and cultural, is rich with accessible information. Impressive and heuristic maps depict migration flows with superimposed dark lines of movement both within and between continents, and the detailed presentation of migration from Africa, Asia, and now the former Soviet bloc is replete with current economic and demographic data….Highly Recommended. All readership levels.”

Choice Reviews

“The way the text is written—with a lack of jargon and with key concepts carefully explained—makes it…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.”

Growth and Change (on the first edition)

The Age of Migration has become the leading text for understanding the complexities of migration in the modern world. The sixth edition engages cutting-edge theory and empirical research from all disciplines studying migration, including sociology, political science, anthropology, history, and geography. It provides a balanced yet critical analysis of the contemporary global dynamics of migration and the effects on societies, migrants, and non-migrants. This book continues to be the definitive work for students, scholars, and professionals concerned with the causes of modern migrations and their interactions with processes of development and social change.”

—Jacqueline Hagan, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“This authoritative text, now in its sixth edition, is ideal for undergraduate- and graduate-level classes. It is the number-one choice for anyone who wants to gain a profound understanding of migration and displacement—two of the most significant topics of the 21st century. The authors, who are among the world's top experts in the field, have drawn on their decades of scholarship and insights as migration policy consultants to create this valuable book.”

—Martin Geiger, PhD, Associate Professor of Politics of Human Migration and Mobility, Carleton University, Canada

The Age of Migration offers the most comprehensive guide to understanding global migration patterns, both historically and in the present day, and the sixth edition only confirms this assessment. Drawing expertly on the latest theories and evidence, the authors illuminate the causes of international migration as well as the consequences for the societies that send and receive the resulting flows of people. Their critical assessment of the policies by which nations attempt to manage these flows is a 'must read' for policymakers and the public alike.”

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

“Fundamental reading for students and professionals in any field who want a truly global perspective on migration. The updated sixth edition provides a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, and nuanced account, emphasizing both economic and political dimensions of the migration process. The Age of Migration should be adopted in both undergraduate and graduate courses on immigration, politics, and race and ethnicity.”

—Greta Gilbertson, PhD, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Fordham University

“A 'must read' for anyone who wants to understand global trends and dynamics in international migration. The Age of Migration brings high-quality research and sound theoretical exposition to the contested field of international migration studies. The quality of the information and the lack of unfounded generalizations are the best features of this book, which is why it is often used as a reference book by students. If in doubt, look it up in The Age of Migration!”

—Burcu Akan Ellis, PhD, Department of International Relations, San Francisco State University

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Maps

List of Boxes

Preface to the Sixth Edition

Note on Migration Statistics

The Age of Migration Website

List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction sample

2. Categories of Migration

3. Theories of Migration

4. Migration, Ethnicity and Identity

5. International Migration before 1945

6. Migration in Europe since 1945

7. Migration in the Americas

8. Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region

9. Migration in Africa and the Middle East

10. The State, Politics and Migration

11. The Evolution and Effectiveness of Migration Policies

12. Migrants and Minorities in the Labour Force

13. New Ethnic Minorities and Society

14. Migration and Development in Origin Societies

15. Conclusion




About the Authors

Hein de Haas, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is a founding member and former director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and now directs the IMI at its current home at the University of Amsterdam. Dr. de Haas is also Professor in Migration and Development at Maastricht University /United Nations University–MERIT. His research focuses on the linkages between migration and broader processes of social transformation and development in origin and destination countries.

Stephen Castles, DPhil, was Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of Sydney, Australia, before retiring in 2017, and served as the first director of the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. His research has focused on international migration dynamics, global governance, migration and development, and migration trends in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Dr. Castles's books and articles have been translated into many languages and have been highly influential in the development of international migration studies.

Mark J. Miller, PhD, is Emma Smith Morris Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He served as editor of the International Migration Review from 1983 to 2005. Dr. Miller has conducted research and consulted widely on comparative immigration and refugee policies, global migration, and migration and security. He is a recipient of the Francis Alison award, the highest honor extended to faculty by the University of Delaware.


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

Course Use

Serves as a text in undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in population geography, social geography, immigration policy, international migration, international relations, global and transnational sociology, and related topics.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Fifth Edition, © 2014
ISBN: 9781462513116

Fourth Edition, © 2009
ISBN: 9781606230695

Third Edition, © 2003
ISBN: 9781572309005

Second Edition, © 1998
ISBN: 9781572303829

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