Labour migration, and the role of institutions (both public and private) in influencing and directing it, has come to occupy a central place in the geographical study of contemporary human migration. To date, though, a rather disturbing feature of most of this work has been the implicit assumption that household moves are made within the context of a single career. The apparent neglect of the phenomenon of the ‘dual career’ household (i.e. households where both husband and wife are engaged in professional careers) has not, however, been confined to geography.