The New Nomads
We have lost the plot when it comes to migration. In our collective consciousness, the term 'migration' conjures up images of hordes of refugees fleeing 'their' country, escaping on rafts and coming to invade 'ours'. When we think of migration, we think of (largely unwanted) immigration and its ills.
We've got it all wrong.
Far from being abnormal, the act of going in search of a better life is at the core of the human experience. And now a new kind of nomad is emerging. What used to be a movement largely from east to west, south to north, developing to developed country is becoming more of a multilateral phenomenon with each passing day. Young people from everywhere are moving everywhere. Or rather, they are moving to where they expect to improve their lives and are turning the world into a beauty contest of cities and regions and companies vying to attract them. They are doing so because movement has become a key to their emancipation. After centuries of becoming sedentary, the future of humanity and the key to its enlightenment in the 21st century lies in re-embracing nomadism. Migration fosters the qualities that will allow our children to flourish and succeed. Our times require more migration, not less.
Part memoir, part generational manifesto, The New Nomads is both the chronicle of this revolution and a call to embrace it.
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On the Road meets Sapiens. Felix Marquardt makes you want to hit the road and embrace the whole wide world as a means to save it. The New Nomad is sure to become a cult book for my generation and the coming one.
Highly engaging. Marquardt forces you to think about the ethics and economics of one of the most central problems of our times, that of migration; read it especially if, like me, you disagree with some of his views.
Thought-provoking. Here is a book that breaks through conventional to show that localism and globalism can—and need—to work together. This in turn enables us all, including the disadvantaged and the immobile, to become part of vibrant transnational and post-national political movements.Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University and author of Expulsions
Felix Marquardt brings a rich experience of life, intelligence and empathy into this exploration of youth, migration, and even the implications of thermodynamics! The stories are compelling, revealing humanity behind faces masked by stereotypes.