In summary, boundaries between nation-states are undermined as the globalization of labor increasingly connects countries of varying levels of economic development. Migrants also move because they are looking for better educational opportunities for themselves and their offspring. Still others are forced migrants because of political unrest, war, polluted environments, or natural disasters in their places of origin, yet they nevertheless have an impact on the labor market. The geographic patterns formed by these migration flows have changed over time with the advent of new communication technologies and faster transportation systems around the world. The accompanying Case Studies illustrate the dynamics of migration in several international contexts.
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