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Title: Transnational lives? : the experiences of migrants from the former Yugoslavia in Britain
Author: Munro, G. K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5366 2331
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the transnational practices, activities, identities and behaviours of migrants from the former Yugoslavia to Britain. The main aims of the research are to analyse the extent and nature of economic, political and socio-cultural transnationalisms amongst migrants from the former Yugoslavia and to explore the potential factors which could contribute to the presence (or absence) of transnational activities and identities. The dynamics of transnationalism are considered through the twin concepts of transnational acting and transnational being and belonging. The study seeks to make a contribution to addressing the gap in the literature of comparative studies of transnationalism of different ethno-national groups within one host state and transnational activities and identities as exhibited (or not) by those migrants who did not migrate ‘voluntarily’. The qualitative study employs a grounded mixed-methods approach combining a survey of and interviews with migrants from Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and Slovenia who had migrated to Britain over the period of 1953 to 2010, with archival work. The variables considered as potentially contributing factors include country of origin, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender, marital status, age at the time of migration, immigration status and the context of departure and context of reception at the time of the journey of migration. Motivations for migrating were considered as a potentially key variable in determining a migrant’s transnational profile and this is explored at some length in the context of the different catalysts for migrating from the region; the relationship between Britain and Yugoslavia and its constituent parts is also discussed. The study finds that, whilst ethnicity and motivations for migration appear to be key variables in determining engagement as a transnational migrant, deconstruction of potentially contributing individual variables cannot take place in isolation without taking into account the context of an individual’s migration experience as a whole.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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