Handbook of Return Migration


Handbook of Return Migration

9781839100048 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Russell King, Professor of Geography, University of Sussex, UK and Katie Kuschminder, Senior Researcher, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 004 8 Extent: 384 pp
This authoritative Handbook provides an interdisciplinary appraisal of the field of return migration, advancing concepts and theories and setting an agenda for new debates.

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This authoritative Handbook provides an interdisciplinary appraisal of the field of return migration, advancing concepts and theories and setting an agenda for new debates.
Structured into four parts, the Handbook maps the contemporary field of return migration, examining the effects and politicisation of return migration, before moving on to explore the theme of reintegration and the impact of return migration on development in the migrants’ countries of origin. Taking an intersectional approach, expert contributors delve into the economics of return migration, deportation, the psychological wellbeing of migrants, student mobility and second-generation ‘return’ migration. The Handbook opens up new avenues for research, including new theories and conceptualisations of return migration, and articulates key issues that should be considered, both for research and for policy and practice.
This Handbook will be a valuable resource for scholars and advanced students interested in migration and human rights. Its use of empirical examples and case studies will also be beneficial for policy-makers seeking an insight into the current issues in return migration.
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‘Russell King and Katie Kuschminder have brought together a multidisciplinary team to cover return migration from multiple conceptual, theoretical, empirical and political angles. The volume focuses on the intersection of these approaches to provide a general but also detailed survey of the field. Given the multidisciplinary nature of this collection, this volume will be useful across the field of migration studies as well as within the specific discipline approach of each individual chapter. In particular, scholars and practitioners working in the area of migration and ethics, especially human rights, should find this collection valuable.’
– James Barry, Ethnic and Racial Studies

‘Return migration used to be the Cinderella of migration studies. This Handbook is an indispensable corrective, containing a marvellously rich and diverse collection of case studies together with a “state of the art” review of the relevant literature by the editors.’
– Robin Cohen, University of Oxford, UK

‘In this collection of eye-opening contributions on return migration, Russell King and Katie Kuschminder have assembled a highly productive group of authors who give guidance in this quickly emerging field. The contributions convincingly employ insights from various branches of migration and mobility studies, and establish new ground in topics ranging from assisted return and deportations to reintegration and engagement in local development. The individual chapters draw a differentiated portrait of a crucial but so far underappreciated dimension of migration. We have waited a long time for such a truly stimulating Handbook.’
– Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University, Germany
Contributors: Elisa Alves, Özge Bilgili, Claudio Bolzman, Alan Desmond, Marta Bivand Erdal, Daina Grosa, Barak Kalir, Nilay Kılınç, Russell King, Katie Kuschminder, Martin Lemberg-Pedersen, Ine Lietaert, Aija Lulle, Rossella Marino, Md Farid Miah, Charlotte Mueller, Ceri Oeppen, Erlend Paasche, Giulia Sinatti, Marieke van Houte, Zana Vathi, Jackline Wahba, Katie Walsh, Anne White

1 Introduction: definitions, typologies and theories of return migration 1
Russell King and Katie Kuschminder

2 The economics of return migration 24
Jackline Wahba
3 Return and transnationalism 38
Özge Bilgili
4 Gendering return migration 53
Russell King and Aija Lulle
5 Theorising voluntariness in return 70
Marta Bivand Erdal and Ceri Oeppen
6 Departheid: re-politicising the inhumane treatment of illegalised
migrants in so-called liberal democratic states 84
Barak Kalir
7 Return visits and other return mobilities 96
Md Farid Miah

8 Critical reflections on assisted return programmes and practices 108
Ine Lietaert
9 The contours of deportation studies 122
Martin Lemberg-Pedersen
10 The Return Directive: clarifying the scope and substance of the rights of
migrants facing expulsion from the EU 137
Alan Desmond
11 The return industry: the case of the Netherlands 153
Marieke van Houte
12 The legitimisation of the policy objective of sustainable reintegration 167
Rossella Marino and Ine Lietaert
13 Corruption and return migration 185
Erlend Paasche

14 Reintegration strategies 200
Katie Kuschminder
15 Labour migrants and the retirement–return nexus 212
Claudio Bolzman
16 Return migration and psychosocial wellbeing 226
Zana Vathi
17 The return migration of children: (re)integration is not always plain sailing 241
Daina Grosa
18 Student mobility: between returning home and remaining abroad 255
Elisa Alves
19 Returning lifestyle migrants 270
Katie Walsh
20 Revisiting second-generation ‘return’ migration to the ancestral homeland 283
Nilay Kılınç
21 Return migration experiences: the case of Central and Eastern Europe 299
Anne White

22 Exploring the return migration and development nexus 314
Russell King
23 Diaspora return and knowledge transfer 331
Charlotte Mueller
24 Return migration, entrepreneurship and development 344
Giulia Sinatti

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