The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism

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Forced migration and Imperialism in the Neoliberal Era

  • Raúl Delgado WiseEmail author
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The nature of contemporary migration cannot be understood without a deep understanding of the nature of contemporary capitalism and imperialism. One of the main features of the current global architecture, boosted by the emergence of one of the most distressing global crises since the Great Depression, is the assault on the labor and living conditions of the majority of the working class, and in particular the migrant labor force, which stands among the most vulnerable segments of the proletariat.

The main purpose of this chapter is to analyze some of the key aspects underlying the context in which contemporary migration is embedded, with emphasis on the process of segmentation and growing precariousness of labor markets worldwide. More specifically, it aims to unravel (a) the re-launching of imperialism (policies of global domination) in search of cheap and flexible labor, as well as natural resources from the Global South; (b) the growing asymmetries among and within countries and...

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  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de ZacatecasZacatecasMexico