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Migration and Development in Southern Europe and South America during the Postwar Period,
Routledge, e-book, 2022.

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The book explores the linkages between Southern Europe and South America in the post-World War II period, through organized migration and development policies.

In the post-war period, regulated migration was widely considered in the West as a route to development and modernization. Southern European and Latin American countries shared this hegemonic view and adopted similar policies, strategies and patterns, which also served to promote their integration into the Western bloc. The book showcases how overpopulated Southern European countries viewed emigration as a solution for high unemployment and poverty, whereas huge and underpopulated South American developing countries such as Brazil and Argentina looked at skilled European immigrants as a solution to their deficiencies in qualified human resources. By investigating the transnational dynamics, range and limitations of the ensuing migration flows between Southern Europe and Southern America during the 1950s and 1960s, this book sheds light on post-WWII migration-development nexus strategies and their impact in the peripheral areas of the Western bloc.

Whereas many migration studies focus on single countries, the impressive scope of this book will make it an invaluable resource for researchers of the history of migration, development, international relations, as well as Southern Europe and South America.

Table of contents

Maria Damilakou – Yannis G.S. Papadopoulos, Introduction

Part I: Development and Migration Policies in the Periphery of the Western World

  1. María José Fernández Vicente, A stream of currency. The role of Spanish emigration in Franco’s development strategy
  2. Giota Tourgeli, Migration policies and development doctrine in Greece
  3. Maria Damilakou, The migration - development nexus in Argentina’s post-World War II policies: Shifts and continuities from Peron to Frondizi, 1946-1962
  4. Roberto Goulart Menezes – Ana Teresa Reis da Silva, Brazil: Development and immigration in the “long exceptional period” (1929-1979)
  5. Yannis G.S. Papadopoulos, Skills, genes, and politics: creating a profile for desirable immigrants in Brazil
  6. Tania Tonhati – Marcio de Oliveira –  Leonardo Cavalcanti, The role of sociology in the interpretation of migration to Brazil and its national impact in the postwar period

Part II: Migration flows from South to South: Transnational impact and limits

  1. Bárbara Ortuño Martínez, The Spanish postwar emigration in the Southern Cone (1946-1960). Reinterpretations from the perspective of gender and labor insertion
  2. Beatriz Padilla - Thais França, Portuguese migrations to South America after WWII: extending citizenship abroad
  3. Sara Bernard - Agustin Cosovschi, Cooperation, Migration and Development: Yugoslavia and the Southern Cone in the Postwar Period
  4. Maria Damilakou - Yannis G.S. Papadopoulos, Ambitious plans with modest results: Greek migration flows to Brazil and Argentina in the 1950s and 1960s
  5. Ioannis Limnios Sekeris, Migration as a business: organizing the transport of immigrants from South to South
  6. Antonis Masonidis, Migration flows from Southern Europe to South America: Statistical data and analysis

Concluding remarks



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