The panel aims to discuss re-migrations as a complex process of cultural transfer and transformation. It focuses mainly on cultural transmission, on strategies and practices of re-migrants, and ideologies and identities connected with re-migration in both actors´ and experts´ discourses.
Re-migration and circulation: the European experience since 1945 (EN)International migrations are important research topics. However, the special topic of re-migration has not yet drawn any systematic cultural anthropological attention. Re-migrants are defined as persons returning as co-ethnic migrants "home" to the land of their origin after a long-term stay abroad (including the so called "ancestral return" - return of the second and third generation). Though the topic of re-migration is very complex and heterogeneous, the various re-migrations seem to be united by a wish to contribute to changes by circulating knowledge and experience.
Re-migration is a complex set of processes of cultural transfer and transformation influenced by specific political, historical, economic and socio-cultural conditions. We are interested not only in the meanings and interpretations attached to the process of re-migration, and in the strategies, behaviour and practices of re-migrants, but also in their ways of acceptance and perception in their "home" countries. What is the story of those coming home "from outside"? How do the "insiders" welcome and integrate them? We want to explore re-migration in discourses created by its actors, by experts and the media, as a result of both individual and structural factors.
Preferred areas of study are:
Cultural transmission - what knowledge is transferred? How is it applied, adapted, changed? Re-migrants as intercultural mediators; innovation and modernisation via return
Participation - integration strategies after the return "home", problems with integration, networks and their role, competition
Ideologies, identities and exchanges - hybrid identities, contacts with the former "host country", forms of commuting and transnationalism, nostalgia.