Beyond the Apocalypse: Reframing Migration History

  • Leo Lucassen


Current public debates on migration and integration in Western Europe are fraught with misunderstandings, selective perceptions, and deliberate misrepresentations. Whether it regards the Brexit discussion or the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, the tone is often outright apocalyptical. Migration scholars, often unintentionally, contribute to this alarmist atmosphere by too uncritically reproducing the idea that migrants constitute a problem that should be solved. This framing reflects a myopic view of what migration as a human phenomenon constitutes. This chapter proposes a much broader definition and focuses on human mobility over cultural boundaries and the relation with social change. The cross-cultural migration (CCM) methodology highlights much broader societal changes, both in Europe and in the regions where migrants came from and partly returned to.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Lucassen
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  1. 1.International Institute of Social HistoryAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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