The book The Return of Dutch Migrants from Australia, New Zealand and Canada is a research report written by Wim Blauw and Joed Elich and published by the Netherlands Interuniversity Demographic Institute (NIDI) in 1983. The book is based on a survey of 1,200 Dutch migrants who returned to the Netherlands after living in Australia, New Zealand, or Canada for at least one year. The book examines the motives, experiences, and consequences of return migration for the migrants and their families. The book also compares the return migrants with those who stayed abroad and those who never migrated.
Wim Blauw is a Dutch sociologist and demographer. He was born in 1937 in Rotterdam and studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a researcher at the NIDI from 1967 to 2002, where he specialized in international migration, return migration, and integration of migrants. He conducted several studies on Dutch emigration and immigration, as well as migration flows between Europe and other regions. He also taught at various universities in the Netherlands and abroad. He retired in 2002 but remained active as a consultant and lecturer.
Joed Elich is a Dutch economist and demographer. He was born in 1948 in Amsterdam and studied economics at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a researcher at the NIDI from 1974 to 1989, where he focused on international migration, return migration, and labor market issues. He also participated in several projects on migration and development cooperation with developing countries. He left the NIDI in 1989 and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a senior policy advisor on development cooperation. He retired in 2013 but continued to work as an independent consultant.