About 20,000 people from the United Kingdom emigrate to Australia each year. Of these, a significant number return to the United Kingdom, and some return again to Australia. Studies of such patterns of migration and return (and return again) were quite common a few decades ago, but are now rare. This paper makes use of a contemporary data source – an Internet‑mediated discussion forum – to explore the experiences of modern ‘ping‑pong poms’. A picture emerges of these migrants as exercising emotional reflexivity in dealing with the pull of family left behind,‘homesickness’, the lack of a sense of belonging and their often‑disappointed dreams of a ‘better life’. By understanding the importance of emotions in people’s decisions about return migration, policy can better attend to the realities of more mobile lives.
|Journal||Australian Journal of Social Issues|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|