Birgit Glorius and Anke Matuschewski (2009)
Remigration in an International Context: Research Methods and Prospects*
In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 34, 3-4/2009, p. 203–226, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, ISSN: 0340-2398, DOI: 10.1007/s01253-010-0043-0
Abstract: International migration movements have undergone considerable changes in recent years. Whilst migration used to be a singular event, and was above all viewed in terms of the labour market, today’s migrants are following the complex rules of global markets, growing social networks, as well as personal life plans which are becoming more variable. This imposes major challenges on international migration research, particularly when it comes to explaining retro-orientated migration movements. The common explanations regarding motives, triggers and contextual factors of migration appear to be of only limited use for remigration processes. The article discusses the fundamental conceptual approaches adopted by migration research in terms of its benefit for remigration and explores the most important theoretical and empirical developments on this topic. The reflection of topical remigration studies particularly points to the new variety of remigration movements and of the concomitant research questions. The article closes by presenting the essays collected in this topical volume and allotting them to the theoretical contexts of the topic.
* peer-reviewed article (original German title: Rückwanderung im internationalen Kontext: Forschungsansätze und -perspektiven)