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: Migration motivated mainly by the prospect of employment in another country.
The concept of labour migration is reasonably straightforward (at least in comparison to some other migration concepts): many people probably have a default understanding of international migration in which most migrants are motivated by the prospect of improving their economic situation by working in another country (often a wealthier one). If anything, there is a need for appreciation of the significant extent to which migration consists of other modes (e.g. family reunification, refugees, retiree/lifestyle migration). Even so, labour migration (a related term is economic migration) is a key type, and there is a great deal of complexity in the migration streams that can be described using this concept.
In conventional terms, ...