Published by Basic Books of New York in 1996, this book by economist Thomas Sowell examines the impact that migration has had on the receiving and on the migrant culture.

Dr. Sowell views this topic through the histories and patterns from several significant migrant cultures. He examines the role that middleman minorities such as the Chinese have played in the development in international commerce and in local economies. He focuses on the events of several different ethnic groups: the Germans, Japanese, Italians, overseas Chinese, Jews, and Indians. In each section he details the state of the local economy for the host country and the living conditions of the migrants. He then goes forward to detail the economic impacts, both positive and negative of the migration. He also discusses some of the techniques that government uses to lure migrants to their shores.

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