Hein de Haas

How Migration Really Works

How Migration Really Works

22 things you need to know about the most divisive issue in politics


Global migration is not at an all-time high. The climate emergency will not lead to mass migration. Border restrictions have actually produced more migration. These statements might sound counterintuitive, or just outright wrong - but the facts behind the headlines reveal a completely different story to the ones we're often told. In this ground-breaking book, based on over three decades of research, migration expert Professor Hein de Haas destroys 22 myths that politicians, interest groups and media regularly spread about immigration.

Comparing trends and perspectives from Western 'destination countries' (UK, US and in Europe) as well as 'origin countries' in Asia, Africa and Latin America, How Migration Really Works offers an essential new vision of migration based on facts rather than fears, and a paradigm-altering understanding of this perennially important subject.