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Micro-migration 

Micro-migration
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Micro-migration
Author(s):

Uriel Halbreich

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0021
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date: 18 May 2021

The magnitude of migration across and within countries is immense and not new. The process of migration has caused significant strains and distress on all communities involved. Nations, cities, neighbourhoods, and individuals are affected, and remedies to reduce negative impacts should and are being taken, although not always very successfully. Micro-migration is the ‘Exodus of “modernized” youth from the bondage of the oppressing traditional cultural values of their parents, extended family and society’. It has been prevalent in orthodox cultures and currently it is apparent in Muslim countries, especially among young women. Exposure to the internet and social media substantially contribute to the attainment of information and ideas that are inconsistent with traditional environment and may entice youth to depart from their context even when they remain in situ. Micro-migration may be a force to change them in situ and from within. Changes in situ may well ease migration waves that are currently a burden on departure and receiving countries.

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