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.
Definition: A pattern of regulated or unregulated mobility between two or more countries that is economically motivated, temporary and cyclical.
Circular migration has recently become popular in policy circles for its perceived potential to reduce permanent migration and promote development (see Vertovec 2007a; Newland 2009). Some states see it as a valuable policy to appease opponents of permanent immigration and to encourage economic development in the sending country via increased remittances, reduced brain drain, etc. International organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM) of the United Nations have also embraced circular migration (see GCIM 2005; IOM 2005). However, states’ views rarely if ever have taken into account the effects on migrants themselves ...