This book results from the proposal we received from Praeger in July 2011
to edit a book on migration. After some discussion we decided that what
was missing in the literature on the subject was a book addressed to a
general audience tackling the most common misperceptions and myths
on migration. Hence, we started our work with the intention of providing
a collection of essays dealing with some of the most common misconcep-
tions present in political and media discourse on the issue of migration.
With that idea in mind, all our authors were asked to clarify misrepresen-
tations on the issue or, in some cases, to dispel myths, while also keeping
an accessible tone suitable for the lay reader interested in knowing more
about such a contentious, debated, and contested issue.
Our approach has been of necessity global. We are pleased to have
gained contributors from all five continents discussing issues in more
than 50 countries. Our approach is interdisciplinary, and our authors
discuss migration from legal, political, sociological, historical, economic,
anthropological, demographic, and geographic angles. Finally, we decided
to include a combination of some of the most important and renowned
scholars in the world and some younger, promising academics who have
nonetheless already worked in their areas for a number of years. Each
author has written about issues on which he or she had already published
in academic journals, but has adopted a more approachable style, free of
the jargon usual in this type of scholarly publication.
Our thanks go first to our seven advisory board members: François
Crépeau, professor of law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada,
and current United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of
Migrants; Jorge A. Bustamante, professor of sociology at the University of
Notre Dame in Indiana, United States, and former United Nations Special
Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants; Kees Groenendijk, emeritus
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