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Workers Without Frontiers: The Impact of Globalization on International Migration

Peter Stalker
ISBN: 978-1-55587-881-8
2000/163 pages

"An excellent overview of a complex and varied issue."—Nigel Harris, Development Policy Review

"An excellent and at times provocative interpretation of current research and conceptual models."—Alan B. Simmons, Labor, Capital, & Society

"Teachers of undergraduate courses on international migration will want to consider adoption of this book. The scope of analysis is global.... The author is well versed in the history of international political economy and skillfully sketches the outline of international migration's role."—Mark J. Miller, International Migration Review

"This book offers a good concise summary of contemporary trends in migration and their impact. It places migration firmly in the context of other aspects of global economic integration and thereby provides a sound basis for its conclusion that migration is likely to grow significantly."—Jonathan Perraton, Journal of Development Studies

"Makes tremendous strides in unpacking the 'globalization' buzzword and disaggregating its migration effects.... In his articulate summarization of complex interrelationships among trade, capital, and labor flows, Stalker provides a concise and extremely helpful resource."—Gallya Lahav, International Studies Review


This unique assessment of a complex and contentious issue brings together the latest information on international migration in the context of a global economy. Redressing a gap in most discussions of globalization, Stalker examines how migration interacts with movements of goods and capital, and how it is closely tied to social and economic changes. He makes starkly clear the major impact that economic convergence is likely to have on migrant flows, and with


Peter Stalker has long been associated with the ILO, the UNDP, and the New Internationalist. He is author of the widely acclaimed ILO book The Work of Strangers: A Survey of International Labour Migration.


  • Globalization in Perspective.
  • Convergence and Divergence.
  • The New Age of Migration.
  • Sending Goods Instead of People.
  • Capital to Workers, Not Workers to Capital.
  • Reducing International Wage Disparaties Through Migration.
  • The Shock of the New.
  • The International Skill Exchange.
  • Lubricating the Flow.
  • The Demand for Immigrants.
  • A Question of Time.