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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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MATTHIAS BICKERT holds a PhD in Geography from University of Bamberg (Germany). From 2013 – 2015 he has worked as guest lecturer at the University of Tirana. He is focused on geographic research of post-socialist transition and its effects on cultural heritage, cultural landscapes and migration in Southeast Europe. His latest works include papers on resanctification and socialist monuments in Albania, as well as a paper on Albanian remigration from Greece.

JANINE DAHINDEN is Professor of Transnational Studies at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and head of the Maison d’analyse des processus sociaux (MAPS). She specializes on issues on mobility, migration, transnationalisation, ethnicity, social networks, culture and gender. Her research is transdisciplinary and combines qualitative and quantitative methods. Her regional specialization is Kosova, Albania and Switzerland. She was member of the board of directors of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population studies between 2005–2006. She has taught at different Universities and published in German, English and French. For more information see:

ADNAN EFENDIC is an Associate Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economic Theory and Policy at the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo. Adnan also works as the Editor-in-Chief of the South East European Journal of Economics and Business and he is an affiliate fellow at CERGE-EI, Prague. He holds a PhD degree from Staffordshire University Business School, UK. He is an applied economist and his research has been based on different methodologies, including...

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