Introduction: The Intersections of Inequality, Migration and Diversification

  • Francis L. CollinsEmail author
  • Rachel Simon-Kumar
  • Wardlow Friesen
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


Inequality, or the rise of disparities within populations, and human migration constitute two of the major challenges facing societies today. In highlighting the close links between them, scholarship has principally focused on extant inequalities between migrant and non-migrant groups. In this introductory chapter, we argue that diversification in contemporary migration policies in Anglophone labour-receiving societies produces inequalities between, among and within migrant groups that also demand urgent attention. The chapter further outlines the core precepts informing this book. Firstly, migrants are a heterogeneous group who are increasingly stratified in ways unconnected to their ethnic or national differences. Secondly, inequalities among migrants are produced in the complex intersections of race, class, gender, legal status, sexuality, age and histories of settlement. Finally, inequality manifests in diverse and localised forms affecting access to income, wealth, opportunity, well-being and social and political capital. The chapters that follow both empirically ground and theoretically develop these foundational arguments within employment and the labour market, housing, adolescent well-being, urban planning, multicultural policy and electoral politics.


Inequality Diversification Migration Intersectionality Labour Government National Government Neo-liberalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis L. Collins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rachel Simon-Kumar
    • 2
  • Wardlow Friesen
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute of Demographic and Economic AnalysisUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Population HealthUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.School of EnvironmentUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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