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Handbook of Research Methods in Migration

Handbook of Research Methods in Migration

Elgar original reference

Edited by Carlos Vargas-Silva

Covering both qualitative and quantitative topics, the expert contributors in this Handbook explore fundamental issues of scientific logic, methodology and methods, through to practical applications of different techniques and approaches in migration research.


Carlos Vargas-Silva

Subjects: development studies, development economics, development studies, migration, economics and finance, development economics, geography, research methods in geography, politics and public policy, migration, public policy, research methods in politics and public policy, research methods, qualitative research methods, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, economics of social policy, migration, social policy in emerging countries, urban and regional studies, migration, research methods in urban and regional studies


Carlos Vargas-Silva Migration research has expanded significantly during the last three decades. Nowadays there are many graduate programmes around the world (both at the master’s and doctoral level) in which students can specialize on migration-related topics as distinct as integration, discrimination, forced migration, labour migration and development. Many of these programmes are discipline specific (for example, Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Political Science and Sociology), while others (probably the majority) follow a interdisciplinary perspective. At the same time many academic outlets, including several migration-specific journals, have come into existence in order to disseminate this increasing stock of research. The key policy implications of migration research suggest that this interest in migration will keep expanding in the future. Immigrant receiving countries are constantly looking for better ways to attract the most talented individuals to fill labour shortages in the high skilled sector and low skilled workers that may allow for the provision of services at a lower cost. At the same time there is a growing preoccupation in these countries about the impact of population growth as a result of immigration and the possible impacts of immigration on the provision of public services, local culture and the labour market outcomes of their citizens. These countries are also concerned about the arrival of new asylum seekers from the increasing political instability of some countries in the developing world. Developing countries, on the other hand, want to exploit the opportunities that arise from their citizens moving abroad. For instance, channelling remittances for...