Arrival City

Arrival City

The Final Migration and Our Next World

Book - 2010
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Doug Saunders introduces us to the migrants themselves, and with the aid of their stories elucidates their essential part in the economic fabric. He makes clear that the cities and nations that provide citizenship and opportunity to migrants stand to benefit as the migrant class evolves into a middle class, and he explains why those that ignore these people will see increased social unrest, poverty, and religious fundamentalism.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307396891
Branch Call Number: 304.809 Sau 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 356 p. :,map


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rayhpl Mar 03, 2016

By taking the reader to various periphery communities around the world - those on the margins of urban centers - Doug Saunders challenges us to rethink of these shunned neighbourhoods as simply destitute and depraved places, but rather, as areas in a state of flux. These "arrival cities", and the predominant contingent of villagers/immigrants that inhabit them, act as gateways towards a less precarious way of life. Whether, and how quickly, this resourceful population and their jutting, makeshift settlements are able to improve and benefit the overall economy depends on government's attitude - to accept and integrate or to reject and isolate. The author makes a compelling argument in support of the emancipation of these arrival cities.

It was interesting to learn how oversight and neglect in the understanding of migrations have triggered and continue to influence revolutions and conflicts across the globe. Through unique case studies, this book also provided further insight into the dynamics of globalization, multiculturalism, civilization and by extension, human nature.

Mar 28, 2013

A truly important book that should be on everyone's reading list. It will change the way you think about immigration and urbanization.

Dec 18, 2012

a book filled with exciting premises about slum suburbs!

Apr 12, 2011

This book is well researched and filled with a variety of examples from across the globe. The premise is very interesting and well argued.

Jan 14, 2011

Great book and wonderful work by a Canadian author. It has a positive outlook towards the future and proves it by the data to show the impact of rural migration. Written a gripping way the book managed to keep me interested till the end. Politicians, right wingers or left wingers should read this before making policy decisions for all over the world.

debwalker Jan 11, 2011

Finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

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Nov 11, 2011

Another highly enlightening read! Saunders challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about shanty towns, urban slums, ethnic enclaves and marginal ghettos. He also counters romantic notions about farms and peasant life with a cogent and convincing defense of cities as engines of social mobility. And he takes on the misguided and ill-considered discrimination against unskilled workers. If you want to find out how and why Canada's and Australia;s immigration policies are ass-backwards, check out Arrival Cities. Filled with fascinating insights into the lives of rural refugees, I strongly recommend it.


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