The past 150 years have witnessed numerous migrations:
individuals and populations, spurred by political, social, and
economic events or lifepath changes, who abandon their homelands
either temporarily, fór extended periods, or even permanently.
Affecting millions, humán migration is nőt something limited to the
pást, bút a phenomenon of considerable relevance to the present
day. Geographically speaking, such movements fali into two distinct
categories: those occurring within a single country, and those
involving the Crossing of national borders.
An understanding of what people experience during departure, time
spent on the road, and arrival, with consideration given to the
distinction between voluntary and forced migration, can help us in
several ways: to grasp phenomena such as the transferral and
preservation of values; to comprehend which processes and
practices work to integrate or isolate those affected; to confer
perspective, whether on source and destination groups, or on the
responses to the various situations encountered in new locations.
To understand this multi-faceted phenomenon requires a
multidisciplinary approach, toward which ethnographic and
anthropological research findings may offer their own measure of
Edited by Tímea Bata, Albert Zsolt Jakab
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