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World Economic and Social Survey 2004

Part I — Trends and Policies in the World Economy, Part II — International Migration

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The 2004 edition of the World Economic and Social Survey is divided into two parts. The first part discusses the state of the world economy in 2004 and the outlook for 2005. It includes a review of developments in international trade and finance and an overview of the situation in the world’s economies as of mid-2004 and their prospects for 2005. Meanwhile, the second part addresses international migration. It examines historical and recent surges in migration, policies towards migration, its economic and social effects, the question of refugees and the state of international cooperation regarding migration.

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Social dimensions of international mobility

Existing policy frameworks and ongoing public discussions focus on certain aspects of international migration such as the orderly management of international flows of migrants, the curtailment of undocumented migration, the discrimination against migrants, the benefits of remittances and the human capital effects of migration on countries of origin. By offering a social perspective on international mobility, the present chapter attempts to bring both the human and social dimensions into the discussion of migration. The key components of the complex dynamics of the social relationships among immigrants, and home and host societies are: the social networks of migration (see, for example, Woolcock and Narayan, 2000), the integration of migrants in host societies, the effects of migration on the social fabric of societies, and the public perceptions of migration.

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