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Rethinking Migration and Return in Southeastern Europe
Albanian Mobilities to and from Italy and Greece

ISBN 9780367361785
Published May 25, 2021 by Routledge
156 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an important new analytical framework for making sense of return, remigration and circular mobility, conceptualising them as different phases of a wider migration process.

Using an in-depth case study of Albania and its two main destination countries, Italy and Greece, the book demonstrates that instead of being viewed as a linear path between origin and destination, migration should be seen as a segmented, or cyclical pattern that may involve several localities and more than two countries. Characterised by important previous historical, social, economic and political linkages, geographical proximity but also high migration volatility and sustained flows in either directions, Albanian migration to Italy and Greece offers an optimal case study for analysing complex return, reintegration and mobility processes. While interesting as a unique regional migration system, the lessons learned cast light on important migration and mobility dynamics that are relevant for labour migration in Europe, also from other important migrant origin countries in the EU’s neighbourhood such as for instance Morocco or the Ukraine.

This rich theoretical and empirical study will be of interest to researchers within European Studies and Migration Studies, as well as providing a useful contribution to policy debates on how to govern return migration, reintegration and circular migration.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


Table of Contents

1. Rethinking return, reintegration, and mobility in south-eastern Europe.  2. Setting the analytical framework: reconceptualising return, reintegration, and mobility.  3. Return mobilities of first-generation Albanians: reconciling the rupture of disintegration and negotiating the future.  4. Return mobilities of the second generation: between disintegration and hybrid identities.  5. A typology of return, reintegration, and onwards mobility.

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Eda Gemi is Senior Lecturer at the University of New York Tirana.

Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.