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Globalization, Migration, and Global City Hypothesis

IJED, Vol. 5 No. 4, (2003)

Outside of population geography, migration as a process driving globalization has remained in the shadows of the literature. Migration has only really been acknowledged by other social scientists tendency in conceptualizing global cities. In this paper, I wish to extent our understanding of globalization and migration by linking together studies of transient
professional migration, transnational corporations, and global city financial
centers. First, I discuss transient migration as a process in the globalization
debate. Second, I review a series of qualitative methods, which have extended
our knowledge of globalization and transient professional migration. Third, I illustrate the importance of migration as a globalization tendency, through an analysis of official international migration statistics. Fourth, I respond to general question it has three aims. It redresses lack of focus on the relationship between immigration and the global city hypothesis. It evaluates the global city hypothesis in relation to immigration in primarily Europe’s
large metropolitan regions. I do this initially by discussing Sassen’s thesis,
and then follow with an exploration of the subsequent literature that has
sprouted from her arguments. I maintain that such a critical analysis of
Sassen’s ongoing research project and the parallel issues of urban
inequality. I call this a “renewal” of the “global city hypothesis.”

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