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Summary and Concluding Remarks

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This concluding chapter presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in this book Globalising Migration History: The Eurasian Experience (16th-21st Centuries). Eurasian experiences provide a number of examples of more and less compulsion involved in different types of migration. Free migration may of course still contain an element of coercion for the individual. In this respect, one can refer to the 'new economics of migration' which, in contrast to the neo-classical economic theories of migration, foregrounds that migration decisions are made collectively, usually at the household level and often to spread economic risks or generate remittances for investments. The migration trends provided in the book seem to suggest that Asian empires do not so much lack cross-cultural migrations as such, but rather are characterized by coercive and less commercial types, whereas in Europe one can see more of the opposite pattern (migration to cities and free mercenary migrations), with Japan and the Middle East in between.

Keywords: cross-cultural migrations; economic risks; Eurasian empires

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