Michael Bommes, Heinz Fassmann and Wiebke Sievers (2014). Migration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe.

Bommes, Michael , Fassmann, Heinz  and Sievers, Wiebke (2014). Migration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
ISBN 9789089646507

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This volume offers a wide and scientific overview of the potential for migration from the Middle East and North Africa to the European Union. The migration potential is calculated for three countries – Morocco, Egypt and Turkey – that will not be able to offer adequate employment to their young, growing and increasingly well-educated populations. The EU will have to adopt a positive and proactive stance to attract these potential migrants, who may otherwise decide to move to other world regions.

“Fast-growing nations of the Middle East and North Africa have a surplus of young workers, while shrinking European countries have ever-fewer youth entering the labor force. These fundamental push and pull factors combine with policies, politics, and climate change and other factors to shape one of the world’s most complex migration corridors.”
Philip Martin, University of California, Davis

“[A] very well edited publication which addresses an extremely topical subject from an important perspective. Many of the chapters are by internationally recognised experts in the field, presenting new analysis.”
Michael Collyer, University of Sussex

 “This is a very timely and at the same time prospective book. Renowned scholars analyse social change and migration in and with the region that will be the most important for EU-immigration during the decades to come.”
Ludger Pries, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Michael Bommes passed away in 2010 while this volume was under development. He was a professor of sociology at the University of Osnabrück.

Heinz Fassmann is a professor at the Institute of Geography and Regional Research of the University of Vienna and Director of the Austrian Academy of Science’s Institute for Urban and Regional Research.

Wiebke Sievers is a researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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