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Let the People Go

Authors: Michael Clemens and Justin Sandefur

On May 29, 2013, British immigration officers raided the Alternative Tuck Shop, a café just down the road from Oxford University's economics department, where South Asian and Middle Eastern employees serve tea, scones, and sandwiches.

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China’s Internal Migrants

Author: Andrew Scheineson

China's rapid economic development has been fueled in large part by a massive migration of rural workers to cities and industrial zones. Young, poorly educated, and highly mobile, these workers continue to face discrimination due to their rural origins and transitory status.

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AI: Internal Migrants in China: The Human Cost of an Economic Miracle

This report from Amnesty International describes the plight of the estimated 150-200 million rural-to-urban migrants who have moved to China’s cities in search of work and better lives in what has been called "the world’s largest ever peacetime migration", documenting how they are treated as second class citizens within their own country.

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Migration in an Interconnected World: New Directions for Action

The Global Commission on International Migration, which presented its Report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN member states on 5 October 2005, says that the international community has failed to realize the full potential of international migration and has not risen to the many opportunities and challenges it presents. Greater coherence, cooperation and capacity are required for a more effective governance of migration, at national, regional and global levels

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World Migration 2005: Costs and Benefits of International Migration

International Organization for Migration. World Migration 2005: Costs and Benefits of International Migration

Where are people migrating today and why? What are the implications for the world's developing and industrialized economies? And what are the key issues facing policy makers in migrant origin, destination, and transit countries? World Migration 2005 analyses the effects of globalization, trade liberalization, economic integration and the widening gap between rich and poor nations on migration flows.

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