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Submitted by Paul Isenman on

You rightly say "But when that same worker happens to cross a national border, we call it “migration” and, instead of celebrating, we start investigating the effects..." You could also say, "But when that same worker happens to cross a national border, we call it "migration" and, instead of celebrating, we ignore by far its biggest consequence: the improvement in income and life chances for that worker and his/her family (in the new country)." We all tend to accept this intensely nationalistic view of poverty reduction without even thinking about it.