Move: The Forces Uprooting Us

Scribner. Oct. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781982168971. $30. SOC SCI
International relations specialist Khanna (The Second World; How To Run the World) argues that human migration is the force that will most shape the 21st century. His latest book is a narrative of global population shifts that examines immigration policy, climate change, birth rates, and the rapidly increasing global influence of nations on the Asian continent, all backed up by demographic figures and informational maps. Khanna also analyzes generational differences in economic and political attitudes (primarily contrasting today’s septuagenarians with younger generations); for instance, he posits that younger people currently tend to individually identify with the world as a whole and feel less attached to specific national identities. Another of his arguments is that the nations that are most receptive to immigrants measurably benefit from the diversity of their residents’ skill sets. Even as Khanna presents vast quantities of data on human migration, he maintains a conversational tone and his digressive, interdisciplinary narrative is highly readable; some readers will find it difficult to imagine impending climate catastrophe on the scale Khanna describes, which would displace hundreds of millions of people.
VERDICT An engaging extrapolation of future demographics and a world transformed by current and impending human population shifts.
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