Jeffrey M. Togman, Professor of Political Science and Film at Seton Hall University, reviews The Suffering of the Immigrant, by Abdelmalek Sayad. The book is about immigration from the sending country’s perspective, rather than the receiving country’s perspective, which is more prevalent in academic literature. This work highlights the destructive nature of emigration from underdeveloped countries. It also emphasizes that while immigration is often initially an attempt to preserve communities, it undermines them instead and migration becomes a self-driven decision to improve one’s own life, rather than that of the group.
Read the book review at https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2005.tb00277.xg.