The popular discourse on immigration in North America and Western Europe is usually framed in terms of violations to national law, fueled by fear and propped up by the myths of nationhood. The rhetoric maintains that immigrants as individuals threaten jobs, the local ecomy and the cultural identity of a country. But these views fail to consider the ironic reality: that the developed world, which tries so emphatically to keep poor people out, itself produces the systemic ecomic conditions that foster migration. Dispossessed People provides a fresh look at the debate on international migration in general and immigration to the United States, Europe and Canada in particular. It explains clearly why groups migrate and the militarized anxiety that threatens their livelihood. Arguing that migration is a human right, the authors call for better policies that recognize these rights and the many benefits that migrants provide to their new communities. This book is an essential text for policy makers, students and activists who seek justice for the world's vulnerable populations.
Christine Ho is a member of the faculty in the School of Human and Organization Development at Fielding Graduate University. Trained in social anthropology, Dr. Ho has been a professor for more than 20 years, having taught at University of California, Irvine, University of California, Los Angeles, University of South Florida in Tampa and Colgate University in New York, prior to Fielding. As the only anthropologist at Fielding until recently, she brings with her a worldview that centers on multiculturalism and cultural diversity as well as equality and social justice. James Loucky began teaching at Western Washington University in 1989, and served as the director of international studies and programs from 1994-97. He specializes in Latin American affairs, international migration and intercultural education. For over twenty-five years, Loucky has been involved with the Maya of Guatemala, as both scholar and advocate. He is vitally concerned with the recognition of Mayan human rights in Guatemala and their immigrant rights in other countries.