International Migration and Globalization: Global Trends and Perspectives

Author: Aleshkovski, Ivan A.
Almanac: Globalistics and globalization studiesGlobal Transformations and Global Future.

The author analyzes the impact of globalization on the transformation of international migration flows. The author considers the characteristics of the global trends within international migration, namely: a growing scale of the international migration, a geographic expansion of international migration, qualitative shifts in the structure of migration flows, determining role of economic migration, permanent growth and structural intricacy of irregular migration, increase of forced migration, increasing role of international migration in demographic development, and a dual character of migration policy. The author also points out that only a reasonable migration policy can provide a legitimate field for international migration and rational use of migrants' skills.

Keywords: international migration, globalization, labour migration, irregular migration, forced migration, demographic development, migration policy.