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.

Internal/Domestic Migration

Internal/domestic migration

Definition: Migration from one area to another within the same country. In many countries internal migration (e.g. from one city to another) is quite common. In developing countries it consists mainly of movement from rural to urban areas.

In global terms, internal migration is quantitatively more significant than international migration (though it is difficult to be precise because there is no global estimate of internal migration). In 2000, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimated that 175 million people were international migrants (around 3 per cent of the global population). In the same period, in China and India roughly 400 million people were internal migrants (100 million in China and 300 million in India). In these two countries alone, then, the number ...

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