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Theories about migrations and their perpetuation over the time.

Most people spend their lives in or near the place where they are born. Migrations, historically, have been the exception rather than the rule. Yet, in recent decades, human mobility has become one of the staple components of globalization. Human movements (for various reasons) and transnational practices are today central. These movements affect not only the life trajectories and identities of the people involved, but also those of the whole societies in the sending and receiving countries. Social, economic, and demographic structures are clearly transformed. We could describe our times as “the age of migrations” (Castles). Different theories have been developed to try to explain the phenomenon. None of them explains it fully. Some fragmented theories only explain some factors of them. We need several levels of analysis because they are very complex.

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