Macro-historical causes of modern mass migration

  • Ioannis E Kotoulas National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


The great migration crisis of 2015 resulted in historically unprecedented massive migration fl ows towards Europe that tend to repeat themselves over the years. This paper examines the gradual creation of a new periphery lying to the south and south east of Europe, with the latter being conceived as the core or centre of the system centre-periphery. The Northern Africa-Western Asia region and the Sub-Saharan region form the demographic hinterland of Europe. In 2050 these two regions shall comprise over 3 billion people and over 6 billion people in 2100. Instability in the broader region is attributed to structural demographic factors, such as a Malthusian situation comprising overpopulation, limited carrying capacity and youth bulge among the populations and the states of Europe’s demographic hinterland.

How to Cite
KOTOULAS, Ioannis E. Macro-historical causes of modern mass migration. Civitas Gentium, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, p. 113-123, mar. 2020. ISSN 1792-9474. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 30 oct. 2020.
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