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Internal Migration

Challenges in Governance and Integration

Edited By Shane Joshua Barter and William Ascher

Internal Migration: Challenges in Governance and Integration focuses on the challenges associated with internal migration across the developing world. While international migration captures significant attention, less attention has been paid to those migrating within recognized national borders. The sources of internal migration are not fundamentally different from international migration, as migrants may be pushed by violence, disasters, state policies, or various opportunities. Although they do not cross international borders, they may still cross significant internal borders, with cultural differences and perceived state favoritism generating a potential for "sons of the soil" conflicts. As citizens, internal migrants are in theory to be provided legal protection by host states, however this is not always the case, and sometimes their own states represent the cause of their displacement. The chapters in this book explain how international organizations, host states, and host communities may navigate the many challenges associated with internal migration.

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Contributor Biographies


William Ascher is the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna College. His research focuses on development policy, natural-resource and environmental policy, political psychology, and international organizations. In 2017, he published Understanding the Policymaking Process in Developing Countries with Cambridge University Press. His predominant geographic foci are Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Shane Joshua Barter is an Associate Professor at Soka University of America, where he serves as the Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center. His publications include Civilian Strategy in Civil War: Insights from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines (Palgrave 2014); Explaining the Genetic Footprints of Catholic and Protestant Colonizers (Palgrave 2015); The Pacific Basin: An Introduction (Routledge 2017); and numerous journal articles related to Southeast Asia, armed conflicts, democracy, separatism, and territorial autonomy.

Marek Brzezinski is a PhD candidate in the department of political science at the Université de Montréal. His primary research interests concern civil war, ethnic conflict, and lethal violence against civilians, with a geographic focus on Eastern Europe.

Isabelle Côté is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2014 and was a postdoctoral fellow at KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies). She has published in numerous journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies; PS: Political Science and Politics; Democratization; Civil Wars; Ethnopolitics; Studies in Conflict←147 | 148→ and Terrorism; and Journal of Southeast...

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