1st Edition

Migration in the Western Balkans What do we know?

Edited By Russell King, Nermin Oruc Copyright 2020
    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    Migration in the Western Balkans rectifies the under-investigation by migration scholars of the Western Balkans region, by bringing together recent research at a time when migration is a hot topic for the future of Europe.

    The book explores issues such as the complex geopolitics of the region, the relationship between migration and development, diasporas, and refugees and humanitarianism. Expert contributors present new research on economic migration, forced migration, diaspora formation and return migration at a time when migration is of crucial relevance for the future of Europe. The chapters shed new light on the multiple migration dynamics of a region which has had a troubled past yet stands on the threshold of EU membership.

    As a theatre of multiple migration processes Migration in the Western Balkans reveals new information on the region, and will be of great interest to scholars of migration, the Balkans and geopolitics. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

    1. Migration in the Western Balkans – Trends and Challenges

    Russell King and Nermin Oruc

    2. From Source to Corridor: Changing Geopolitical Narratives about Migration and EU-Western Balkans Relations

    Ferruccio Pastore

    3. Balkans and Baltics: On Migration as a Factor of Regional Peripheralization

    Aija Lulle

    4. Refugees at the Gates of the EU: Civic Initiatives and Grassroots Responses to the Refugee Crisis along the Western Balkans Route

    Chiara Milan

    5. The Floating Pumpkin Syndrome: Forced Migration, Humanitarian Aid, and the Culture of Learned Helplessness

    Nina Bosankic, Enisa Mešic and Bojan Šošic

    6. The Serbian Diaspora’s Political Views: A Study on the 2017 Serbian Presidential Election

    Tena Prelec

    7. The Effects of Remittances on Education in a Post-Conflict Society: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Nermin Oruc, Ian Jackson and Geoffrey Pugh

    8. The Greek Debt Crisis and Albanian Return Migration

    Kalie Kerpaci and Martin Kuka


    Russell King is Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex and Visiting Professor in Migration Studies at Malmö University. He is President of the Western Balkans Migration Network, WB-MIGNET.

    Nermin Oruc is Director of the Centre for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research (CDESS), Sarajevo, and Visiting Atlantic Fellow at the International Inequalities Network, London School of Economics and Political Science. He is chair of WB-MIGNET.