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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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Football on the Fringes of Europe: Black African Players and their Livelihoods in Albania


Immigration to Albania is rarely discussed, yet transit migrants have increasingly arrived in the country since the beginning of this century. This research highlights Black sub-Saharan African (SSA) football player migrants and their family members in Albania. Despite their relatively good financial positions, this bourgeoning Black African “community in becoming” is socially and racially marginalized in this formerly closed communist country. In this chapter we combine anthropological and geographic approaches to investigate processes of transit migration and Black African livelihoods in Albania, focusing on questions of migration, race, integration, and the desire to step from a fringe country of Europe into the European core. We do so by presenting results from ethnographic data, field observations, and qualitative interviews. Ultimately we conclude that these examinations allow researchers to better understand processes of migration and integration, and the role that key actors play in the early development of budding or emergent migrant communities on the fringes of Europe, thereby expanding research on transit migration.

Keywords: transit migration, professional football, race, Albania, sub-Saharan Africa


Aaron1 stood with his wife and read aloud the chosen name for their newborn son: David Gëzim – David, a Biblical name, and Gëzim,2 an Albanian name to establish their roots in the country. We first established contact with Aaron in 2008 after he gave a television interview with his former team, K. F. Tirana. After contacting him we learned that he had been in Albania for more...

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