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The New Albanian Migration

Edited by Russell King, Nicola Mai and Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers

Russell King is Professor of Geography and Co-Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex;
Nicola Mai is Research Fellow in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex;
Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is Nash Fellow and Lecturer in Albanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.


This book examines one of Europe’s newest and most dramatic mass migrations – the exodus of a significant share of the Albanian population since 1990. Drawing on a range of richly documented and rigorously researched case studies, the volume presents a detailed picture of this mass exodus and its multiple effects on Albania, the destination countries, and the migrants themselves.

Amongst the topics covered are: the causes, chronology and theorisation of this emigration; the experiences of Albanian migrants in Greece, Italy and the United States; the problematic reaction of Greek society to the sudden presence of half a million Albanian immigrants; prospects for return migration and for the strategic use of remittances to stimulate Albanian economic development; and the dynamics of migration, ethnicity and identity in the Greek–Albanian border zone. Stress is also laid on the rapidly-evolving nature of Albanian migration and on its diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, class, duration and direction. This book is essential reading for scholars of European migration and for specialists in Albanian, Balkan and Mediterranean studies

Preface and Acknowledgements

1 Introducing and theorising Albanian migration
Kosta Barjaba and Russell King

2 Lifestyles and integration of Albanian women in Bologna: Two steps forward, one step back?
Ellen Kelly

3 Examining policy responses to immigration in the light of interstate relations and foreign policy objectives: Greece and Albania
Gerasimos Konidaris

4 The Albanian migration cycle: Migrants tend to return to their country of origin after all
Lois Labrianidis and Panos Hatziprokopiou

5 Albanian migrants’ remittances: A development opportunity?
Flavia Piperno

6 Albanian high-skilled migrant women in the US: The ignored experience
Aida Orgocka

7 ‘Greece belongs to Greeks!’ The case of the Greek flag in the hands of an Albanian student
Gazmend Kapllani and Nicola Mai

8 Better than Muslims, not as good as Greeks: Emigration as experienced and imagined by the Albanian Christians of Lunxhëri
Gilles de Rapper

9 The uses of origin: Migration, power-struggle and memory in southern Albania
Georgia Kretsi

The Contributors

Reviews to follow


Publication Details

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Page Extent / Format:
232 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Release Date:
February 2005; paperback September 2013
  Illustrated:   No
Hardback Price:
£49.50 / $65.00
Paperback Price:
£25.00 / $34.95

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