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The Politics of Migration and Diaspora in Eastern Europe
Media, Public Discourse and Policy

ISBN 9780367517977
Published March 31, 2022 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a critical analysis of the politics of migration in Eastern Europe and an in-depth understanding of the role played by media and public discourse in shaping migration and migration policy.

Ruxandra Trandafoiu looks at emigration, diaspora, return, kin-minority cross-border mobility, and immigration in Eastern Europe from cultural, social and political angles, tracing the evolution of migration policies across Eastern Europe through communication, public debate and political strategy. Trandafoiu investigates the extent to which these potential ‘models’ or policy practices can be comparable to those in Western European countries, or whether Eastern Europe can give rise to a migration ‘system’ that rivals the North American one. Each chapter bridges the link between policy and politics and makes a case for considering migration politics as fundamentally intertwined with media representation and public debate. Drawing on comparative case studies of countries including Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine, the book considers how migration is both managed and experienced from political, social and cultural viewpoints and from the perspectives of a range of actors including migrants, politicians, policymakers and journalists.

This book will be key reading for advanced students and researchers of migration, media, international relations, and political communication.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Emigration

Chapter Two: Diaspora Rights and Duties

Chapter Three: Return

Chapter Four: Kin Border Crossings

Chapter Five: Immigration

Chapter Six: East and West


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Ruxandra Trandafoiu is a Reader in Communication at Edge Hill University, UK. She has published Diaspora Online: Identity Politics and Romanian Migrants (Berghahn), and co-edited Media and Cosmopolitanism (Peter Lang) and The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Musical Migration and Tourism (Routledge). Her research focuses on the role of social media in the political engagement and activism of Eastern European diasporas, the political effect of Brexit on EU nationals in the UK, the impact of music and music policy on the identity of place in Eastern Europe, and on transmedia practices seen as migration practices.