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.

Return Migration

Return migration

Definition: The return of migrants to their country of origin – sometimes as fulfilment of original intentions, sometimes as a consequence of revised intentions. Far from being the opposite or reversal of ‘outward’ migration, it has much in common with outward migration.

On reflection, it is no great surprise that significant numbers of migrants choose not to remain in the destination country. Return migration has received less attention from researchers than ‘outward’ migration, in part because of data limitations (Khoser 2000): many destination countries do not record departures, and origin countries often do not treat the entry of their own citizens as ‘immigration’. To the extent that research is meant to help us overcome misconceptions arising from ‘common sense’, the research we ...

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