Contemporary European Emigration: Situating Integration in New Destinations, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Contemporary European Emigration

Situating Integration in New Destinations, 1st Edition

Edited by Brigitte Suter, Lisa Åkesson


192 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367193751
pub: 2020-03-05
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At a time when European unity is politically challenged by the question of immigration and integration, it is easy to overlook the fact that there are significant numbers of Europeans leaving the continent. Academically, little is known about why Europeans leave the continent, how they chose their destination, and how they experience their migrant life. Drawing on the lived experiences of contemporary European emigrants from a range of different countries, this book sheds light on how global economic, political and social transformations spur new forms of migration and mobility experiences.

Contemporary European Emigration explores how Europeans experience economic, cultural or social integration, and the power relations which play out between them and their hosts. By delving through the lenses of national and racial identity, gender, age, and profession, this book provides enticing insights into how Europeans see themselves in the world.

By shifting our focus to migrants leaving Europe, and observing the emerging challenges to European superiority as they play out in the microlevel of people’s everyday lives, this book provides a nuanced understanding of contemporary migration. Researchers within Migration Studies and European Studies will find this book an important addition to the literature.


"This innovative collection turns ‘integration’ on its head through attention to the contemporary migration of Europeans across the world. It analyses underexplored experiences and relationships, from China to Mozambique, and argues that, paradoxically, through decontextualizing the concept of integration, it can be reclaimed. A must read."Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship, Director of Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB), Bristol University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Brigitte Suter and Lisa Åkesson

2. From the Ex-Metropole to the Ex-Colony: Portuguese Migrants in Angola Lisa Åkesson

3. Ethnic Boundaries Contested: European Migrants Carving out Space in Asian Cities Helena Hof

4. ‘El Sueño Peruano’: Swiss Migration, ‘Whiteness’ and Entangled Biographies Angela Sanders

5. Emotions and Experiences of Highly Skilled Migrants from Switzerland in Israel and Senegambia Hélène Oberlé and Khadeeja Haddy Sarr

6. Imagining and Experiencing China: Exploring European Migrants’ Narratives of Closeness and Distance through the Concept of ‘Contact Zone’ Brigitte Suter and Aldina Camenisch

7. Becoming ‘European’ Abroad: Mapping the ‘Expat’ Lives of Maghrebi-Muslim Minorities from Western Europe in Cosmopolitan Dubai Jaafar Alloul

8. Women in Search of Perspectives: The New Italian Migration towards Morocco Maria Giovanna Cassa

9. German Couples in Israel: Emigration Decision-Making and the Different Identity and Integration Experiences of Both Partners Andreas Ette and Magdalena Schlenk

10. Looking for the Canadian Eldorado: Emigration Aspirations and the Management of Migration Jérémy Mandin

11. Conclusion Brigitte Suter and Lisa Åkesson

About the Editors

Brigitte Suter is senior researcher and lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) at Malmö University in Sweden. She has been researching a wide range of migration-related topics and has profound experience in qualitative, interpretative research methods. Her research interests include (im)mobility, social networks, the transformative potential of migration, ethnography, the mobility of highly skilled migrants in the global economy, as well as the role of norms and values in the field of migration and integration. Her latest publications include ‘Migration as Adventure: Swedish Corporate Families’ Experience of Liminality in Shanghai’, Journal of Transient Migration, 2019.

Lisa Åkesson is Professor in Social Anthropology at the Department of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. She leads several projects on the recent Portuguese migration to Angola and Mozambique, which focus on postcolonial identities, power relations and transfer of knowledge. In addition, she has carried out research on Cape Verdean migration, exploring transnational families, remittances and relationships, return migration and cultural meanings of migration. She is the author of ‘Postcolonial Portuguese Migration to Angola: Migrants or Masters?’(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and she has published in a number of journals, including Ethnos, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Global Networks and Geopolitics.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Development, Mobilities and Migration

This series is dedicated to the growing and important area of mobilities and migration, particularly through the lens of international development. It promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research targeted at a global readership. The series welcomes submissions from established and junior authors on cutting-edge and high-level research on key topics that feature in global news and public debate.

These include the so called European migration crisis; famine in the Horn of Africa; riots; environmental migration; development-induced displacement and resettlement; livelihood transformations; people-trafficking; health and infectious diseases; employment; South-South migration; population growth; children’s wellbeing; marriage and family; food security; the global financial crisis; drugs wars; and other contemporary crisis.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries