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International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution

  • The first handbook to bring together both internal and international migration in the same publication

  • Includes a major focus on regional aspects of internal migration, international migration, immigration

  • Contributions by leading scholars from around the world

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: International Handbooks of Population (IHOP, volume 6)

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Perspectives on Theory for Internal and International Migration

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Perspectives on Migration Theory: Geography

      • Richard Wright, Mark Ellis
      Pages 11-30
    3. Perspectives on Migration Theory – Economics

      • Michael J. Greenwood
      Pages 31-40
    4. Perspectives on Migration Theory—Anthropology

      • Caroline B. Brettell
      Pages 41-67
    5. Perspectives on Migration Theory – Sociology and Political Science

      • Michael J. White, Colin Johnson
      Pages 69-89
  3. Data and Methods for Migration Study

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 107-107
    2. Concepts, Definitions and Data Collection Approaches

      • Richard E. Bilsborrow
      Pages 109-156
    3. Data Prospects: IPUMS-International

      • Matt Sobek
      Pages 157-174
    4. Micro Methods: Longitudinal Surveys and Analyses

      • Cris Beauchemin, Bruno Schoumaker
      Pages 175-204
  4. Regional Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 243-243
    2. Migration in Asia

      • Elin Charles-Edwards, Salut Muhidin, Martin Bell, Yu Zhu
      Pages 269-284
    3. Migration in China

      • Zai Liang, Qian Song
      Pages 285-309
    4. Changing Patterns of Migration in India: A Perspective on Urban Exclusion

      • Amitabh Kundu, Lopamudra Ray Saraswati
      Pages 311-332
    5. Migration in Australia and New Zealand

      • Graeme Hugo, Janet Wall, Margaret Young
      Pages 333-370

About this book

This Handbook offers a comprehensive collection of essays that cover essential features of geographical mobility, from internal migration, to international migration, to urbanization, to the adaptation of migrants in their destinations. Part I of the collection introduces the range of theoretical perspectives offered by several social science disciplines, while also examining the crucial relationship between internal and international migration. Part II takes up methods, ranging from how migration data are best collected to contemporary techniques for analyzing such data. Part III of the handbook contains summaries of present trends across all world regions. Part IV rounds out the volume with several contributions assessing pressing issues in contemporary policy areas. The volume’s editor Michael J. White has spent a career studying the pattern and process of internal and international migration, urbanization and population distribution in a wide variety of settings, from developing societies to advanced economies. In this Handbook he brings together contributors from all parts of the world, gathering in this one volume both geographical and substantive expertise of the first rank. The Handbook will be a key reference source for established scholars, as well as an invaluable high-level introduction to the most relevant topics in the field for emerging scholars.


  • Assylum
  • Emigration
  • Handbook
  • Integration
  • Internal migration
  • International migration
  • Migration
  • Population distribution
  • Population movement
  • Refugees
  • Sociology
  • Urbanization
  • World migration trends


“This 27-chapter edited volume offers a comprehensive overview of the literature on migration and population distribution. … Each of the chapters in the volume has its own bibliography … . The volume succeeds admirably in its goal of providing a comprehensive state-of-the-knowledge.” (John Casterline, Population and Development Review, Vol. 42 (4), December, 2016)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Brown University Dept. Sociology, Providence, USA

    Michael J. White

About the editor

Michael J White is the Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Sociology at Brown University, where he is also an affiliate and past director of the Population Studies and Training Center. White is also Honorary Research Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and he has served the Population Association of America and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population in a variety of capacities. White’s own research on migration and population distribution covers a wide array of topics, from urban residential segregation, to rural-urban migration in developing societies, to contemporary international migration and immigrant assimilation. His studies span most world regions and both developing and developed settings. Other recent books include Achieving Anew: How New Immigrants Do in American Schools, Jobs, and Neighborhoods (with J Glick; Russell Sage, 2009) and The Dynamics of Migration, Health and Livelihoods (co-edited with M Collinson, K Adazu, and S Findley; Ashgate, 2009). White is currently investigating the role that interregional migration plays in influencing health outcomes in South Africa.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution

  • Editors: Michael J. White

  • Series Title: International Handbooks of Population

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

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

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-017-7281-5Published: 21 December 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-1325-0Published: 30 March 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-7282-2Published: 11 December 2015

  • Series ISSN: 1877-9204

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-1877

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 636

  • Number of Illustrations: 48 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Migration, Human Geography, Population and Demography

Buying options

eBook USD 269.00
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  • ISBN: 978-94-017-7282-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 349.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 349.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)