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Introduction to Migration Studies

An Interactive Guide to the Literatures on Migration and Diversity


  • Open access interactive textbook on migration studies

  • Encourages students to search on key theories or concepts

  • Makes academic literature on migration studies accessible

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction to Migration Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. An Introduction to Migration Studies: The Rise and Coming of Age of a Research Field

      • Peter Scholten, Asya Pisarevskaya, Nathan Levy
      Pages 3-24Open Access
    3. Migration Histories

      • Marlou Schrover
      Pages 25-46Open Access
  3. Conceptual Approaches: Migration Drivers, Infrastructures, and Forms

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 47-47
    2. Migration Drivers: Why Do People Migrate?

      • Mathias Czaika, Constantin Reinprecht
      Pages 49-82Open Access
    3. Migration Infrastructures: How Do People Migrate?

      • Franck Düvell, Carlotta Preiss
      Pages 83-98Open Access
    4. Digital Migration Infrastructures

      • Carlotta Preiss
      Pages 99-109Open Access
    5. Migration Forms: What Forms of Migration Can Be Distinguished?

      • Cathrine Talleraas
      Pages 111-116Open Access
    6. Labour Migration

      • Laura Oso, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Justyna Salamońska
      Pages 117-135Open Access
    7. Family Migration

      • Eleonore Kofman, Franz Buhr, Maria Lucinda Fonseca
      Pages 137-149Open Access
    8. Humanitarian Migration

      • Cathrine Talleraas, Jan-Paul Brekke, Franz Buhr
      Pages 151-167Open Access
    9. Lifestyle Migration

      • Jennifer McGarrigle
      Pages 169-177Open Access
    10. Student Mobilities

      • Elisa Alves, Russell King
      Pages 179-189Open Access
    11. Irregular Migration

      • Sarah Spencer, Anna Triandafyllidou
      Pages 191-204Open Access
  4. Conceptual Approaches: Migration Consequences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 205-205
    2. Migration and the Nation

      • Anna Triandafyllidou
      Pages 207-218Open Access
    3. The Contested Concept of ‘Integration’

      • Sarah Spencer
      Pages 219-232Open Access
    4. Transnationalism

      • Ludger Pries
      Pages 233-247Open Access
    5. Cities of Migration

      • Asya Pisarevskaya, Peter Scholten
      Pages 249-262Open Access

About this book

This open access textbook provides an introduction to theories, concepts and methodological approaches concerning various facets of migration and migration-related diversities. It starts with an introduction to migration studies and continues with an introductory reading of migration drivers, migration infrastructures, migration flows, and several transversal topics such as gender and migration. It also covers politics, policies and governance as well as specific research methods.

As an interactive guide, this book develops an innovative format that brings a connection with various online sources. This means that whereas the chapters bring together literature in a coherent way, they are also connected to IMISCOE's online interactive Migration Research Hub for further reading and for more empirical material on migration and diversity.

As such, this textbook provides a very useful introductory reading for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for policymakers, policy advisors, and all those interested in studies on migration and migration-related diversities.


  • Open access
  • Origins and development of migration studies
  • Migration from historical and global perspective
  • Migration drivers
  • Migration, economic disparities and labour market
  • Migration, conflict and war
  • Migration, environmental change and natural disasters
  • Digital migration infrastructures
  • Family and humanitarian migration
  • Lifestyle migration
  • Student mobilities
  • Irregular migration
  • Migration, ethnicity and race
  • Migration and transnationalism
  • Gender and migration
  • Migration and development
  • Migration policies, governance and politics
  • Migration-related diversity
  • Migration statistics

Editors and Affiliations

  • Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences; Room T17-16, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Peter Scholten

About the editor

Peter Scholten is full professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a chair in the Governance of Migration and Diversity. Peter is academic coordinator of the IMISCOE Research Network, alliance coordinator of the European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC) and director of the LDE Centre on the Governance of Migration and Diversity. His work focuses on science-politics relations, multi-level governance and urban governance of migration and diversity. He published in numerous international journals and recently published his monograph on Mainstreaming versus Alienation; a complexity perspective on the governance of migration and diversity. Peter is also founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative Migration Studies and associated editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Introduction to Migration Studies

  • Book Subtitle: An Interactive Guide to the Literatures on Migration and Diversity

  • Editors: Peter Scholten

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-92376-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-92377-8

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 500

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Sociology of Migration

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)