What Happens when Expatriated Workers Return Home?


Over the past few decades, multicultural studies, diaspora studies, and cross-cultural and transnational studies have all provoked considerable scholarly interest and have become distinct disciplines, reflecting the dramatic increase in the mobility of the global population.

In the midst of these broader movements of people, corporations have placed considerable value on international studies, foreign-language studies, and study abroad. In an increasingly interconnected world, an employee who is “at home” outside of his or her nation of origin is generally a considerable great asset.

There has also been a massive increase in corporate outsourcing (which has received the lion’s share of public attention) and insourcing (which, with the exception of farm workers, has received much less attention, though it has apparently created all sorts of issues recently for the administration of my university because of irregularities in how visas have been processed and in how the imported workers have been employed).

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