Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.

Chain Migration

Chain migration

Definition: the process by which migrants encourage and facilitate the subsequent migration of family members and friends – sometimes resulting in the migration of all (or almost all) individuals from one locality to a single destination.

The notion that migration is more an extended social process than a single act (emphasized particularly by Castles and Miller 2009) is especially apparent in the concept of chain migration. After immigrants arrive and begin to make a life for themselves in their destination country, they sometimes encourage family members and friends in their country of origin to join them. Chain migration is however more precise than family migration or family reunification. The idea of a chain takes shape when the migrants who follow the ‘pioneers’ ...

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