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Migration, Transnationalism And Post-Modernity

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International migration is not a recent phenomenon. Almost all of the Western countries and Japan up to the mid-Twentieth Century expelled considerable numbers of people, thus far making them the largest countries of origin for international emigration. In classical approaches to migration, there is a distinction between temporary and definitive migration. By the latter, it was considered that in spite of the close ties immigrants have with their countries of origin, their drive to settle and integrate into their country of adoption was such that formerties would gradually disappear in time, eventually resulting in the group's complete assimilation. One of the most far reaching implications of our approach to transnationalism and migration is its critical vision towards the classical hypothesis of integration and assimilation of immigrants into destination societies.

Keywords: immigrants; international migration; transnationalism



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