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Editorial

Jeffrey H. Cohen

Abstract

The diverse papers presented in this issue of Migration Letters continue to celebrate our goal to serve as both a destination for, and inspiration to research in migration. The international scholars gathered in these papers are focused on refugees; the value and meaning of social networks for movers and the second-generation; the challenges of the border to status, work and belonging; remittance practices and entrepreneurship, as well as concerns for methods and the presentation of data. Omata, Bauhn, Ellis, Hyokki, and Sert detail the challenges facing refugees as they negotiate their status vis-à-vis their destination communities. A second set of articles bring a critical eye to the role social networks play in the negotiation of daily life and around health (Munoz and Collazo); schooling (Ivashinenko); citizenship (Privara), and the second-generation (Tewolde and Freyer). An emphasis on the challenges of internal as well as international borders and crossing is followed through the articles by Koca (EU policy), Cangià (immigrants to Switzerland), To and Qi (working in China). Focused on remittances, labour and entrepreneurship are the articles by Petreski (working in Macedonia) and Linter. Methodology is a central concern to papers by Lacroix and Zufferey who rethink the use of a “life-course” approach to migration and Herda who explores how citizens perceive and more importantly misperceive immigrant populations. 

Keywords

migration; diaspora; return; remittances; identity; citizenship

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