Book Reviews by Christa Uehlinger

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence edited by Janet M. Bennett SAGE Publications, Inc. 2015

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence
edited by Janet M. Bennett
SAGE Publications, Inc. 2015

This new encyclopedia is an authoritative source on intercultural competence and related issues. It covers topics such as assessment of intercultural competence, constructivism, cultural distance, culture shock, diversity and inclusion, intercultural code switching, leading global teams, mediation, mindfulness, space or virtual teams and many more. It consists of around 300 entries organized in A-to-Z fashion in two volumes. All of them conclude with cross-reference and suggestions for further readings. The encyclopedia is a great source for whoever wants to look up quickly certain topics around intercultural competence, expecting a short and informative input.

International Migration – a very short introduction, 2nd edition

International Migration – a very short introduction, 2nd edition
Khalid Koser
Oxford University Press, 2016
Why has international migration become an issue of such intense public and political concern? How closely linked are migrants with terrorist organizations? What factors lie behind the dramatic increase in the number of women migrating?

This Very Short Introduction looks at the phenomenon of international human migration to reveal that migration actually presents opportunities that must be taken advantage of in light of the current economic climate. The author debunks myths such as the claim that migrants take jobs away from local workers, and that they take advantage of the health care system and western living conditions without returning any benefits of their own, and reveals that society as we now know it can not function without them. Not only do migrants fill a key gap in the domestic labour market, they also have a significant impact on the economies of their home countries — in places such as Mexico and the Philippines, the remittances they send home often exceed official development aid. Using interviews with migrants from around the world, the author presents the human side of topics such as asylum and refugees, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, development, and the international labour force. His goal throughout is to allow readers to see beyond the negative spin usually given the subject by the media and politicians, and come to their own conclusions on the international migration situation today.

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