Migration studies

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Migration studies is the academic study of human migration. Migration studies is an interdisciplinary field which draws on anthropology, history, economics, law, sociology and postcolonial studies. As it is a rapidly growing field of study, there are numerous journals dedicated to it.[1] A leading one is the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, based at the University of Sussex, which covers modern human migration.[2][failed verification] In February 2013, Oxford University Press launched the international peer-reviewed journal Migration Studies, which publishes material on the causes, processes, and results of all forms of human migration.[3] The first issue was released in March 2013.

In epidemiology, an "immigration study" is a method of understanding the relative importance of inherited genetics and environmental factor in medical conditions whose incidence varies around the world. It examines the incidence of conditions in populations who have moved (or whose recent ancestors have moved) between places at different rates. Often the immigrant population can be shown to have similar rates to the population of the new location, suggesting that environmental factors such as diet, obesity and exercise are the dominant determinants.[4]


  1. ^ For a review of the relevant literature see Stephen Castles and Mark Miller, The age of migration, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 and Massey Worlds in Motion: Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millennium, Oxford University Press, 1998
  2. ^ "Online journal chronicles global migration". New York Times. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ "About the Journal". Migration Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Cancer Incidence in U.S. Immigrant Populations - Landmark Studies". National Institutes of Health. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 24 October 2014.

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