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Diversity of Migration in South-East Europe


Edited By Mirjam Zbinden, Janine Dahinden and Adnan Efendic

This interdisciplinary volume gathers recent work related to the diverse migratory movements in South-East Europe. The contributions address current aspects of emigration, immigration, transit migration and return from different disciplinary vantage points. They impressively demonstrate that South-East Europe is a highly dynamic migration region marked by a multiplicity of migration-related processes fuelled by global and especially European developments.

«This edited book presents an illuminating and stimulating range of essays on a key European and global region which has experienced an extraordinary diversity of migration types and regimes in recent decades. Employing an innovative range of methodologies, the contributions show that South-East Europe is no longer to be seen as a ‘problematic’ space of emigration and transit but as a theatre for highly dynamic mobility phenomena.» (Russell King, Professor of Geography, University of Sussex)

«This thought-provoking book makes an important contribution to understanding migration processes from, within and through South-East Europe. The innovative research approach and new insights about diversity of human mobility in the region described in the book will resonate with scholars, policymakers and broader readership within and beyond the region.» (Hariz Halilovich, Associate Professor of Anthropology, RMIT University, Melbourne)

«The thorough theoretical and empirical contributions of this volume reveal South-East Europe as a highly diversified European space of complex migration regimes and processes beyond the image of the "troubled", "ethno-national" Balkans. This timely book impressively shows how good scholarship both critically re-assesses knowledge production and points to inequalities and hierarchies on different scales.» (Jelena Tosic, Researcher and lecturer in Social Anthropology, Universities of Vienna and Berne)

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Readmission in Serbia – Huge Challenges, Weak Opportunities


The challenges that returnees have faced upon their readmission to Serbia are manifold. They include a lack of personal documents necessary for their stay, which affects their social rights; lack of almost any kind of accommodation and legal employment, and difficulties experienced by their children in adapting to school life. The majority of returnees are Roma, which causes problems with social inclusion. This chapter starts by considering the various welfare sectors in the provision of services and benefits, and the potential creation of partnerships among them. It reviews the national documents related to readmission, as well as quantitative and qualitative data on returnees, and analyses the key stakeholders and their tasks in supporting the reintegration of returnees. It concludes that there are many significant gaps in the inclusion of returnees, and that the potential of partnership relations between the sectors has not been exploited in the best way.

Keywords: European Union (EU), public sector, readmission, readmission agreements, returnees, Serbia, social welfare, the Roma, voluntary sector, welfare


By signing readmission agreements with the EU but also non-EU countries,1 Serbia has become obliged to accept those of its nationals who are not legally resident in European countries. European-wide controversies and dilemmas surrounding the current readmission concept and its implementation are numerous, with a huge, albeit varying, number of people becoming affected by the policy. Problems in the creation of national readmission policies are shared among many Western Balkans countries, while the national...

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