International Migration - Migration Then and Now



For almost as long as humans have walked the Earth, they have travelled in hope of finding new and better homes. Today, that journey continues for many hundreds of millions of people. Remarkably, they experience many of the benefits, drawbacks and challenges that confronted earlier generations of migrants.


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Chapter 2 examines the history of migration, from prehistoric times to our times, with the aim of showing, firstly, that the roots of present-day migration can often lie deep in the past, and, secondly, that the patterns of the past are often repeated today. It concludes with a look at some explanations for why people migrate.

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