Migration: the movement of humankind from prehistory to the present | University of Oxford

Migration: the movement of humankind from prehistory to the present

Prof Robin Cohen - Professor Emeritus of Development Studies, Department of International Development
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17:00 - 18:00
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
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Corner of Catte and Holywell Streets

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Lectures and seminars
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Migration is present at the dawn of human history - the phenomena of hunting and gathering, seeking seasonal pasture and nomadism being as old as human social organisation itself.

The flight from natural disasters, adverse climatic changes, famine, and territorial aggression by other communities or other species were also common occurrences.

But if migration is as old as the hills, why is it now so politically sensitive? Why do migrants leave? Where do they go, in what numbers and for what reasons? Do migrants represent a threat to the social and political order? Are they none-the-less necessary to provide labour, develop their home countries, increase consumer demand and generate wealth? Can migration be stopped? One of Britain's leading migration scholars, Robin Cohen, will probe these issues in this talk

This talk will be followed by a book sale, signing and drinks reception, all welcome. Copies available at half price -- £10 -- to cash buyers only.