• Max Steuer


Human beings have a great tendency to stay put. They also are much inclined to make big moves, and then stay put. Neither tendency is at all surprising. Most people have to work, or rear children, or to get educated. Most work, most rearing, and most education all benefit from being in one place. Habit and social life also contribute to living in one place, at least for a substantial block of time. Migrant cattle farmers in East Africa take their work and their social life with them as the move, and so in one sense they remain in one place. One hears about the jet set. But probably most of them have a base, or two, from which to make forays. Even retired wealthy individuals tend to stay put; not counting holidays and trips to visit relatives. On the other hand, for some people this natural tendency to stay in one place is disrupted by the need to escape from disaster, and for other people by the advantages to be gained from living in a new location.


Poor Mental Health Foreign Worker Illegal Immigrant Undocumented Immigrant Urban Migration 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Steuer
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  1. 1.London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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