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Migrations and Cultural Encounters

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"Immigration not only profoundly affects population dynamics but also has far-reaching economic, social, and political consequences for both destination countries and countries of origin. As such, immigration has global significance. It has also typically been a contested issue and remains one of the most controversial policy fields in virtually all countries.

Immigration is the entry of a person into a political unit, usually a state, with the aim of establishing permanent residence. This process involves the transgression of a ratified boundary by which nation-states demarcate, thus making immigration an inherently political act even without the recognition as such by the immigrant."

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Anheier, & Anheier, H. (2012). Immigration. In H. Anheier & M. Juergensmeyer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Sage Publications.