Complex and dynamic integration processes in Europe

Hans-Jörg Trenz and Anna Triandafyllidou have authored the introductory article of a special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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This article presents a special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies which aims to take stock of complex patterns of intra-EU mobility and international migration taking place in different EU countries, within the wider context of the post-2008 economic crisis. It asks: how does crisis translate into unequal opportunities for different groups of EU citizens who move within the EU territory and for third country nationals who come to the EU? In particular, the issue investigates how differences in status are translated into differences of practice and experience of settlement and integration after a crisis which has put the European system of migration under stress. 

The authors argue that we witness the emergence of new forms of transnational engagement that seem to push the discussion of integration beyond or above concerns about cultural/ ethnic segregation. 

Transnationalism is experienced not only at the intersection between different societies, but also locally through the daily encounters, exchanges and interpersonal relationships between EU and non-EU migrants and locals, who often share similar transnational experiences. The European economic and financial crisis has in this sense broadened considerably the horizon of social transnationalism as an everyday experience of many Europeans, both mobile and non-mobile. 

See also Migration in times of crisis in the same issue. 

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Hans-Jörg Trenz and Anna Triandafyllidou
Complex and dynamic integration processes in Europe: intra EU mobility and international migration in times of recession

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2017, vol. 43(4), pp. 546-559.
DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1251013

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