The history of the human race is one of migration. We all come from a small region in Africa, but we have managed to scatter to every nook and cranny of the earth. The motivations for pulling up roots, then as now, have ranged from fleeing war, persecution, famines and natural disasters, to aspiring to make a better life for future generations. In the movement itself, human communities and peoples, cultures, art, and science were created.
Today, people around the world are once again facing waves of migration that challenge them to learn to live with others who come from different cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. This creates complex problems, but also opportunities for enrichment. This issue of South Writ Large explores migrations—domestic and international, current and historical.