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By Michael J. Piore

Birds of Passage offers an unorthodox research of migration ion to city commercial societies from underdeveloped rual components. It argues that such migrations are a continuous function of commercial societies and they are generated through forces inherent within the nature of business economies. It explains why traditional financial concept unearths such migrations so tricky to understand, and demanding situations a collection of older assumptions that supported the view that those migrations have been worthy to either sending and receiving societies. Professor Piore heavily questions no matter if migration truly relieves inhabitants strain and rural unemployment, and no matter if it develops talents worthwhile for the emergence of an business labour strength in the house kingdom. additionally, he criticizes the idea that during the long term migrant labour enhances local labour. at the foundation of this critique, he develops another concept of the character of the migration approach.

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The most prominent explanations suggest that migration: (1) is a response to general labor shortages; (2) satisfies the need to fill the bottom positions in the social hierarchy; and (3) meets the requirements of the secondary sector of a dual labor market. Migration as a response to labor shortages If the only aspect of the migration process that needed to be explained was the character of the jobs that migrants hold, The jobs 27 migrations might simply be attributed to general labor shortages.

That persistence, even when governments have acted emphatically to curtail population movements, provides the final set of clues upon which a theory of the demand for migrant labor can be built. 14 But the European countries also present numerous, albeit less spectacular, examples of the difficulties in attempting to close down or curtail established flows, and illegal immigration there has been a perpetual problem in the postwar period. 16 And the most recent efforts to curtail immigration in the face of the 1974-5 recession have led to a resurgence of illegal or quasi-legal adjustments, which some believe acted for a time to completely cancel out the adjustments evident in official figures.

The particular version of the dual labor-market hypothesis just outlined does appear, however, to provide a more comprehensive account of the characteristics of the demand for migrant labor than does either alternative taken by itself. First, it clearly moves the focus away from particular industries and occupations to other characteristics of employment and, indeed, because virtually all industries and occupations share to some extent in the variability of economic activity, suggests that migrants may be attractive throughout the economic system.

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