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Areas for Future Research

The process of drawing together this special issue has helped us to identify several

imperatives for future research on expatriates. Here we outline the three most

significant ones.

Firstly, it is obvious that, in the contemporary world, the migrants we have been

describing here as ‘expatriates’ represent just one of many kinds of migrant. While

conventional migration studies, as mentioned at the outset, have tended to ignore

expatriates, it would be equally misleading to analytically privilege their situations and

perspectives. Instead, the aim is to foster, within migration studies, the recognition of

the ‘super-diversity’ of migrants in particular locations (Vertovec 2007).