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World Migration Report 2011

Communicating Effectively about Migration - Special 60th Anniversary Edition

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This report presents available evidence on public perceptions and attitudes regarding migration globally. It analyzes how they can influence and be influenced by policy and the media. It suggests several ways to improve communication about migration to promote better understanding and recognition of the benefits of migration. The publication comprises two parts: part A analyses major migration trends in 2010/2011, offering an overview of developments in policy, legislation, international cooperation and dialogue on migration, and part B reviews the evolution of the agency’s approach to migration management since the end of the Cold War. It also presents a statistical overview of the organization’s programmes over the last decade.

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Communicating effectively about migration

Few areas of public policy are subject to greater misrepresentation in public and political discourse, yet more influenced by public opinion, than international migration. The understanding of contemporary migration has been considerably advanced by the oretical work based on neoclassical economics, new household economies, dual labour market theory, network theory, world systems theory, cumulative causation and more recent developments in transnationalism theory (Massey et al., 1993, 1998; Vertovec, 2001). There is also a growing body of empirical research relating to migration. Arguably, however, neither theory nor research has had as much impact on policy formulation as political discourse, media reports and public opinion on the nature, purpose and socio-economic impact of migration.

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