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Though much has been written about how a world on the move is changing national politics, there has been little consideration of its geopolitical effects. But the mass movement of people is already creating three types of migration superpowers: new colonialists, integrators and go-betweens.The new colonialists call to mind the settlers from Europe who spread across the world in the 18th and 19th centuries, benefiting not just themselves, but also their homelands. Similarly, the most mobile populations of the 21st century are helping their countries of origin obtain access to markets, technology and a political voice in the world.With so many people on the move, it is even possible to become a settler superpower without being recognized as a state. The estimated 35 million Kurds – who regard themselves as a nation without a country – are becoming one of the most politically active migrant populations in Europe. As a result, Israel's population has risen ninefold since the country's founding in 1948 .
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