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The Emigrant Communities of Latvia

National Identity, Transnational Belonging, and Diaspora Politics

Editors: Kaša, Rita, Mieriņa, Inta (Eds.)

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  • This open access book provides insight in patterns of Latvian migration during the past 25 years
  • An interdisciplinary enriched account on push and pull forces in contemporary diaspora transformations
  • Discusses migration combining top-down policy and bottom-up emigrant perspectives
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This open access volume examines experiences of contemporary Latvian migrants, thereby focusing on reasons for emigration, processes of integration in their host countries, and – in the case of return migration - re-integration in their home country. In the context of European migration, the book describes the case of Latvia, which is interesting due to the multiple waves of excessive emigration, continuously high migration potential among European Union member states, and diverse migrant characteristics. It provides a fascinating insight into the social and psychological aspects linked to migration in a comparative context. The data in this volume is rich in providing individual level perspectives of contemporary Latvian migrants by addressing issues such as emigrants’ economic, social and cultural inclusion in the host country, ties with the home country and culture, interaction with public authorities both in the host and home country, political views, and perspectives on the permanent settlement in migration or return. Through topics such as assimilation of children, relationships between emigrants representing different emigration waves, the complex identities and attachments of minority emigrants, and the role of culture and media in identity formation and presentation, this book addresses topics that any contemporary emigrant community is faced with.

About the authors

Rita Kaša holds a PhD in Comparative Education from the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA. Her research interests concern educational policy, finance and governance with specific focus on equity and equality in educational access, especially on the level of higher education. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.
Inta Mieriņa is based at Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area studies, as Juris Padegs Research Fellow, and she is also a Senior Researcher at the University of Latvia, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. Previously, Dr. Mieriņa was the scientific director of the ESF research grant “The emigrant communities of Latvia: National identity, transnational relations, and diaspora politics”, receiving for its successful leadership the 2014 University of Latvia Annual prize in science.  In 2015 she studied the processes of migration as a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Washington. Currently her main research interests concern migration, integration, nationalism and far-right attitudes, inequality, social and political participation.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Kaša, Rita (et al.)

  • An Integrated Approach to Surveying Emigrants Worldwide

    Pages 13-33

    Mieriņa, Inta

  • Emigration from Latvia: A Brief History and Driving Forces in the Twenty-First Century

    Pages 35-68

    Hazans, Mihails

  • The Complex Identities of Latvians Abroad: What Shapes a Migrant’s Sense of Belonging?

    Pages 69-95

    Koroļeva, Ilze

  • Latvian Migrants in Foreign Labour Markets: Job Placement and Discrimination

    Pages 97-115

    Tabuns, Aivars

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-12092-4
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Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-12091-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Emigrant Communities of Latvia
Book Subtitle
National Identity, Transnational Belonging, and Diaspora Politics
Editors
  • Rita Kaša
  • Inta Mieriņa
Series Title
IMISCOE Research Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12092-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12092-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12091-7
Series ISSN
2364-4087
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 298
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations
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