Migration is one of the great humanitarian issues of our age and our interviews recommend books that cover the subject in all its complexity and place the issue in its economic, historical and social context.
Ana Minian, Assistant Professor of History at Stanford, chooses her best books on immigration, discussing the extent to which the US is a nation of immigrants and puts current debates about the subject in some historical context. Professor Ruth Gomberg-Munoz of the University of Illinois at Chicago talks about America’s undocumented workers, and discusses the mutual dependence of slums and “urban glamour zones”. Economist Ian Goldin of the University of Oxford chooses his best books on the economic impact of immigration.
David Goodhart, author of the British Dream, talks about the UK’s experience of immigration and multiculturalism in Britain and what helps multiculturalism succeed or fail. Tariq Modood also tackles the issue of multiculturalism. From a more literary angle, novelist Mohsin Hamid chooses his best books of transnational literature, while Professor Shahram Khosravi chooses his best books on the refugee experience.
Former British foreign secretary and President of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband chooses his best books on refugees and talks about the current challenges of global migration.
Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race
by Matthew Frye Jacobson
Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America
by Mae M. Ngai
Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America
by Eiichiro Azuma
Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity
by David G. Gutiérrez
Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, 1959-1994
by María Cristina García
How did the concept of United States immigration being a ‘melting pot’ of diverse nationalities come to be? In this interview, Stanford historian Ana Raquel Minian explores America’s complex, highly racialized history of immigration and recommends five of the books on the subject that have most influenced her.
Beleaguered ‘citizens of nowhere’ will be pleased to know they have their own literary genre. For anyone who has ever wondered where they belong, or why, when you leave your home country, it’s never the same when you return, here are the best five books to read—including some by the greatest authors of the 20th century.
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
by Madeleine Albright
City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp
by Ben Rawlence
The New Threat from Islamic Militancy
by Jason Burke
Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence
by Jonathan Sacks
Little Bee: A Novel
by Chris Cleave
Critics claim that Muslims don’t fit in with our secular policies but, although Britain may be a secular country, the ways in which we are secular are ways inclusive of religious people, says sociology professor Tariq Modood. He recommends the best books on multiculturalism.