Cover of Migration in the Southern Balkans
Category: IMISCOE Research Series
Publisher: Springer
Pages: 219
ISBN: 978-3-319-13718-6
Library: IMISCOE Research Series
Year: 2015
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This volume collects ten essays that look at intra-regional migration in the Southern Balkans from the late Ottoman period to the present. It examines forced as well as voluntary migrations and places these movements within their historical context, including ethnic cleansing, population exchanges, and demographic engineering in the service of nation-building as well as more recent labor migration due to globalization.


  1. Introduction
    Martin Baldwin-Edwards, Riki van Boeschoten and Hans Vermeulen 

  2. The Balkan Gurbet: Traditional Patterns and New Trends
    Petko Hristov 

  3. Refugees as Tools of Irredentist Policies in Interwar Bulgaria
    Raymond Detrez 

  4. Resettlement Waves, Historical Memory and Identity Construction: The Case of Thracian Refugees in Bulgaria
    Nikolai Vukov 

  5. The Changing Waves of Migration from the Balkans to Turkey: A Historical Account
    Ahmet İçduygu and Deniz Sert 

  6.  ‘For us, Migration is Ordinary’: Post-1989 Labour Migration from Bulgaria to Turkey
    Ayse Parla 

  7. Albanian Immigrants in the Greek City: Spatial ‘Invisibility’ and Identity Management as a Strategy of Adaptation
    Ifigeneia Kokkali 

  8. Albanian Seasonal Work Migration to Greece: A Case of Last Resort?
    Julie Vullnetari 

  9. Transnational Mobility and the Renegotiation of Gender Identities: Albanian and Bulgarian Migrants in Greece
    Riki Van Boeschoten 

  10. Labour Migration and other Forms of Mobility Between Bulgaria and Greece: The Evolution of a Cross-Border Migration System
    Panos Hatziprokopiou and Eugenia Markova


  • This open access book collects ten essays that look at intra-regional migration in the Southern Balkans from the late Ottoman period to the present
  • Features a cross-cultural, comparative approach that highlights aspects of cultural history
  • Presents contemporary migration against the background of historical developments of the last two centuries


“The book is an excellent contribution to migration studies and Bal­kan studies. Given that it is an open access book, the reviewer’s hope is enhanced that this impressive collection will receive its duly broad readership.” (Cengiz Haksöz, Südosteuropa Journal of Politics and Society, Vol. 66 (4), December, 2018)

A welcome addition to the migration scholarship on this little-known, fragmented but globally important region. Taken together, the contributions offer a rich blend of history, politics, sociology and anthropology, alongside studies of memory, mobility and ethno-linguistic identity.
Russell King, University of Sussex and Malmö University

This well researched volume is a welcomed addition to our understanding of cross border migration over time in the southern Balkan region. The focus on the transformation of social identities is a testimony to the long term historical processes that underpin large scale population displacements which are far richer than mere ‘migration crises’. 
Eftihia Voutira, Professor, Anthropology of Forced Migration, Department of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

Migration is a ubiquitous phenomenon in the modern world. This thoughtful book studies migration patterns and intercultural exchanges within the transnational region of the Southern Balkans against a deep historical background, offering fresh and alternative readings of the past two centuries. From the final decades of the multicultural Ottoman Empire, through the homogenizing efforts of several nation states, to new forms of ethnic and cultural diversity imposed through globalized networks, this important collection of original essays successfully brings together two separate fields within migration studies, those of forced and voluntary migrations. A genuinely transnational volume, both in its scholarly approach and the makeup of its contributors. 
Maria Todorova, Gutgsell Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



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