The contested terrain of the parallel society: the other natives in contemporary Greece and Germany

Christin Hess

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Abstract

This article takes issue with two assumptions associated with the permanent return migration of ethnic Greeks and ethnic Germans from the former Soviet Union. It suggests that their return has turned out to be less ethnically motivated than policy makers have assumed and that many returnees, immigrating permanently as fully fledged citizens, continue to retain elements of circularity in their lives, of different nature and intensity. Both returnee groups experience varying degrees of social and economic exclusion and this might explain why some members maintain links with their area of origin. Adopting a comparative approach, this article draws on insights from ongoing fieldwork, with particular focus on interviews with return migrants in both countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1519-1537
Number of pages19
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume60
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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