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Modernising Impacts of Emigration
Modernising Impacts of Emigration

Author(s): Marek Okólski
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: modernisation; social change; development; migration cycle; emigration; crowding-out migration

Summary/Abstract: The paper describes the relationship between migration (with a focus on international migration) and modernisation. In particular, the author discusses the problem of emigration impacts on modernisation processes in a society undergoing significant population outflow. The analysis of these impacts has been carried out from the perspective of longue durée. The author puts forward the concepts of the migration cycle and its close relative, the population cycle. He argues that any modernising society undergoes both of these cycles. On the basis of the very nature of the migration cycle, the author hypothesises that out-migration has a crowding-out effect that is indispensible for the modernisation of society to be completed. The paper presents many arguments supporting this hypothesis, but it does not avoid reflection on its limitations.

  • Issue Year: 206/2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 49-79
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: English