Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Migration and Sustainable Development

  • Aristea KounaniEmail author
  • Constantina Skanavis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_360


Migration is the movement of a person or group of persons either across an international border or within a state, on a temporary or permanent basis, primarily to ameliorate their lives by finding work or in some cases for education, family reunion, or other reasons (UNCHR 2016).


People often migrate for numerous reasons, such as seeking for better jobs, or education, or following family members who have migrated (Durmaz and Kalca 2013). In other words, migration is “an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, security and an optimum future”.

Today, international migration, indisputably, is a crucial component of neoliberal globalization and is associated with regional and national economies of inequality (Ackerman et al. 2000; Milanovic 2016; Likic-Brboric 2018). While simultaneously, there is a predominant sight that international migration is a source of colossal gains to be unleashed by free labor migration from poorer to economically dominant...


Migration Sustainable development Environmental migration Urban migration Economic migration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnvironmentUniversity of The AegeanMytileneGreece

Section editors and affiliations

  • Judy Rogers
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  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design,Program Manager, Master of Disaster Design and DevelopmentRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia