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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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Urban Space, Migration and Intersectional Approaches in Gendered Bodies: A Case in Thessaloniki, Greece


The migration flows which have been developing since the mid- 1990s towards the countries of south-east Europe have formed new conditions of living in urban centres. These transformations, as parts of a wider, global phenomenon of displacement and resettlement, have been given quite diverse readings.

The present chapter aims to contribute to the discussion on the impacts transnational migration has in weaving the fabric of urban relations and transformations. Through an account of the routes followed by four immigrant women in the city of Thessaloniki, this chapter attempts to illustrate how this scale of research helps to underline the complex paths through which immigrants are redefined as subjects and the ways they adopt to claim space in a city that usually denies it to them. It also aims to show how the various systems of establishing difference and segregation lead to diversified meanings and positionings in the city, underlining the importance of an intersectional approach and understanding.

Keywords: gender, intersectionality, migration, urban space, Thessaloniki


In the light of a vast literature focusing on migratory phenomena, which forge new relations worldwide, there seems to be an increasing understanding of the depth in which these relations and practices unfold. The urban centres of the countries of South-East Europe have been radically remapped during recent decades of geopolitical upheaval, which have led to unprecedented population flows. There seems to be a twofold interest in the cases of south-eastern European countries. Firstly, the...

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