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.

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Refugees and asylum seekers

Definition: Refugees and asylum seekers are migrants who have left their countries and request international protection on account of persecution, war or other factors that put their lives or security at risk.

Refugees and asylum seekers engage in migration as a consequence of a significant disruption in their current situation, such as war or persecution. A common perception is that refugees engage in ‘forced migration’, while other types of migrants have made a choice reasonably described as voluntary; that distinction is sometimes difficult to apply in practice (as discussed in a separate chapter on forced migration), though it is certainly true that many or even most refugees have encountered violence or at least faced the threat of it. ...

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