The New Albanian Migration

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Russell King, Nicola Mai, Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers
Sussex Academic Press, 2005 - Social Science - 218 pages
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This book examines one of Europe’s newest and most dramatic mass migrations: the exodus of a significant share of the Albanian population since 1990. Drawing on a range of richly documented and rigorously researched case studies, the volume presents a detailed picture of this mass exodus and its multiple effects on Albania, the destination countries, and the migrants themselves. Amongst the topics covered are the causes, chronology, and theorization of this emigration; the experiences of Albanian migrants in Greece, Italy, and the United States; the problematic reaction of Greek society to the sudden presence of half a million Albanian immigrants; prospects for return migration and for the strategic use of remittances to stimulate Albanian economic development; and the dynamics of migration, ethnicity, and identity in the Greek–Albanian border zone. Stress is also laid on the rapidly-evolving nature of Albanian migration and on its diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, class, duration, and direction. This book is essential reading for scholars of European migration and for specialists in Albanian, Balkan, and Mediterranean studies.

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About the author (2005)

Russell King is a professor of geography at the University of Sussex. He is the author of numerous books and articles and is the editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Nicola Mai is a reader in migration studies at the Institute for the Study of European Transformations. He is the coauthor of Exploding Migration Myths and Out of Albania. Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is a faculty member at the school of business and social sciences at Roehampton University. She is the author of Albanian Identities: Myth and History.

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